Dalai Lama at Bromma Airport. Photo: Annika Digréus/Sveriges Radio.

The Dalai Lama in Sweden for a whistle top tour

"Buddhism is finally also questioned."
4:28 min

His Holiness the Dalai Lama touched ground in Stockholm late last night, invited by the human rights organisation IM. It is the tenth visit of his Holiness, and supposedly the last. But for the first time his visit is being questioned. This afternoon he held a talk at a conference organised by Södertörn College.

A small group of students and accredited journalists were invited to listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak live. The rest were left outside on the square watching a live feed on a jumbo tron.

Södertörn College has a large group of international students and many were gathered at the square.

One of them was Sew Lew from China. For her it was a big day, and she was glad that her school had invited Dalai Lama.

- He is a very nice person, but I think he is more a politician than anything else, sais Sew Lew.

But not everyone is as enthused as the students at Södertörn by the Dalai Lamas visit. Both the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter and the tabloid Expressen wrote critical editorials about the Dalai Lamas message.

Johannes Forssberg is the editorial writer at Expressen.

- The thing I find most appalling is the presumption that our living conditions are decided by what we did in our past lives. And that people who suffer a lot deserve it. He also has a very harsh and conservative view on sexuality and abortions, sais Forssberg.

The Dalai Lama has been in Sweden ten times before, but never has the media been so vocally critical. Why?

- There is a more open debate about religion today and I think people find it strange that Buddhism is the one religion that nobody questions.

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