His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia: Day 6

December 9th 2009

Hobart, Australia, 8 December 2009 (ATC) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama has returned from New Zealand to resume his program in Australia, today travelling to Hobart in Australia’s small island state of Tasmania.

Tasmania has a special relationship with Tibet through an ongoing exchange program between the University of Tasmania and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. Tasmania is also the heartland of Australia’s environment movement and there was a strong environmental theme to many of today’s events.


Senator Bob Brown introduces His Holiness at the Melbourne Public Talk (photo: ATC)
The day began with an address to staff and students at the University of Tasmania on the theme of “Compassion in Diversity”. His Holiness spoke passionately about the value of cross-cultural learning and of the enormous benefit it has brought to Tibetans and the West through scholarly exchanges such as Tasmanian Buddhist Studies in India Program.

After being driven to his press conference by Tasmanian Greens politician Nick Mckim in a fuel-efficient hybrid car, His Holiness once again spoke to the media about the immense environmental significance of Tibet, the earth’s “Third Pole”, and our collective responsibility to take strong action on climate change.

In the afternoon His Holiness met with long-time friend Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for Tasmania, along with Don Henry, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Lisa Singh MP, Tasmanian Minister for Climate Change. His Holiness then delivered a talk to four thousand people on the subject of “Our Earth: Who is Responsible?”

Report filed by Simon Bradshaw for Australia Tibet Council

 

Latest News

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Inaugurates Buddhist Community Centre in Aldershot
June 30th 2015
Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, 30 June 2015 - Before setting out for the day’s events, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a penetrating interview to Emily Maitlis of the BBC’s Newsnight programme. She opened by asking what had been the hardest part of his job. He told her that the situation had become particularly difficult after 1950-51. He felt the Chinese communists’ original motivation had been good.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Glastonbury Festival
June 29th 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Arrives in the UK
June 27th 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Expresses Appreciation of Project to Recreate Bamiyan Buddhas
June 25th 2015

Prayers Offered for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Long Life and Celebrations of His Birthday
June 21st 2015

Explore