Maribor, Slovenia, 16 May 2012 - Meeting his host, the Mayor of Maribor, Franc Kangler, and his staff this morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recalled how much he had enjoyed his first visit to Maribor in 2010 and how impressed he had been with what he saw of Slovenia. When Mr Kangler proudly told him that, although Slovenia is a comparatively small country, Maribor's football team had beaten both Russia and Serbia here in Maribor, His Holiness remarked that in the field of truth and justice too, size is not always the deciding factor. He recalled that in 1959, the Tibet issue was raised at the UN by Malaysia and Ireland, neither of them large countries. Indeed, he said, it is sometimes smaller countries who are less swayed by economic considerations and more able to stand by their principles.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler in Maribor, Slovenia, on May 16, 2012.|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fellow panelists at the "Out of Box Conference" in Maribor, Slovenia, on May 16, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL|
His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting the audience before his public talk "Cultivating Peace of Mind" in Maribor, Slovenia, on May 16, 2012. Photo/Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL