Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 14 June 2015 - It was a beautiful, clear day as His Holiness the Dalai Lama set out for the airport at Uluru to fly to Perth. Many Tibetans who had come especially to join him here were present to see him off.
|A view of the Uluru rock formation from the plane as His Holiness the Dalai Lama travels from Ulru in the Northern Territory to Perth, WA, Australia on June 14, 2015.|
Shortly after takeoff the plane banked to reveal brilliantly clear views of the Uluru rock formation in the early morning light. Arriving in Perth nearly three hours later, he drove directly to his hotel on the edge of the Swan River.
After lunch His Holiness drove to the Perth Arena where he was to speak to a capacity audience of 12,000. Rick Ardon, a news presenter on Seven News, invited members of the Whadjuk people to perform a welcoming dance. Suzie Mather, a Perth girl and actress, then introduced His Holiness as he came on stage. The audience were loud and warm in their greetings.
“Brothers and sisters,” he began, “it’s a great honour for me to have this opportunity to share some of my experiences with you. When I speak in public I always think of myself as just another human being like you. And it’s on that basis that what I have to say might have some meaning for you. The 7 billion human beings alive today are mentally, physically and emotionally the same. I also face situations that have the potential to disturb the mind, but when that disturbance is about to arise, I can use another part of the mind to pacify it. We all have similar brains and we all have the potential to do this.
“We all want to be happy and avoid suffering, and we all have a right to be happy. That’s why I say we are all the same.”
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with indigenous dancers who performed before his talk at the Perth Arena in Perth, WA, Australia on June 14, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his talk on the Wisdom of Giving & Receiving at the Perth Arena in Perth, WA, Australia on June 14, 2015. Photo/Rusty Stewart|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama answering questions from the audience during his talk at the Perth Arena in Perth, WA, Australia on June 14, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Some of the more than 12,000 people attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk at the Perth Arena in Perth, WA, Australia on June 14, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Suzie Mather and Jemma Rix singing Happy Birthday to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the conclusion of his talk in Perth, WA, Australia on June 14, 2015. Photo/Rusty Stewart|