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The Dalai Lama, exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, is planning to visit Estonia, likely in September 2011.

The Dalai Lama already visted Estonia twice. He went to Estonia on a two-day visit in 2001. At that time, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Tunne Kelam pointed out in his meeting with the Dalai Lama the similar fate of the Estonian and Tibetan peoples, observing that the Tibetans are still in danger of losing their cultural values. Kelam underscored the necessity of talks between Tibet and China to secure the former’s stable development and future. The Dalai Lama met also with members of the parliamentary Tibet support group and Prime Minister Mart Laar.

The Tibetan leader also met with the mayors of Tallinn and Tartu. On 19 June, he gave a speech at Tallinn’s Town Hall Square titled “Compassion and Universal Responsibility” and, on 20 June, an academic speech titled “Ethics of the New Millenium” at Tartu University.

The Dalai Lama previously visited Estonia in 1991.

The Art of Happiness is a book written by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, a psychiatrist who posed questions to the Dalai Lama.

As reported by Wikipedia, Cutler quotes the Dalai Lama at length, providing context and describing some details of the settings in which the interviews took place, as well as adding his own reflections on issues raised. The Art of Happiness explores training the human outlook that alters perception. The concepts that the purpose of life is happiness, that happiness is determined more by the state of one’s mind than by one’s external conditions, circumstances, or events—at least once one’s basic survival needs are met and that happiness can be achieved through the systematic training of our hearts and minds, through reshaping our attitudes and outlook and that happiness is in our own hands.

As reported by Brian Bruya on Amazon.com: “Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with the Dalai Lama and really press him about life’s persistent questions? Why are so many people unhappy? How can I abjure loneliness? How can we reduce conflict? Is romantic love true love? Why do we suffer? How should we deal with unfairness and anger? How do you handle the death of a loved one? These are the conundrums that psychiatrist Howard Cutler poses to the Dalai Lama during an extended period of interviews in The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living.

At first, the Dalai Lama’s answers seem simplistic, like a surface reading of Robert Fulghum: Ask yourself if you really need something; our enemies can be our teachers; compassion brings peace of mind. Cutler pushes: But some people do seem happy with lots of possessions; but “suffering is life” is so pessimistic; but going to extremes provides the zest in life; but what if I don’t believe in karma? As the Dalai Lama’s responses become more involved, a coherent philosophy takes shape. Cutler then develops the Dalai Lama’s answers in the context of scientific studies and cases from his own practice, substantiating and elaborating on what he finds to be a revolutionary psychology. Like any art, the art of happiness requires study and practice–and the talent for it, the Dalai Lama assures us, is in our nature”.