Tibetan Community Welcomes Dalai Lama to Sydney

June 15th 2007

Sydney, Australia, 14 June 2007 (ABC News) - Hundreds of people from Sydney's Tibetan community have turned out to welcome the 14th Dalai Lama at Sydney Airport.

A long line of monks, Tibetans and well-wishers waited at the airport's arrival terminal this morning to welcome His Holiness.

Many in the crowd wore traditional dress, and held paper lotus flowers - a sign of compassion and peace.

As the Dalai Lama entered the arrivals foyer, the crowd fell silent and bent down to greet the man described as 'a living God.'

After greeting the crowd, he told a news conference that embracing what he calls 'human values' is the key to emotional and physical well-being.
 
'When I say human values, not necessarily with religious faith, but I usually call 'secular ethics' such as warm-heartedness and sense of community,' he said.

During his stay in Sydney, the Dalai Lama and a number of speakers from Australia and overseas will appear at the International Conference on Happiness and Its Causes.

He will meet John Howard tomorrow afternoon, despite the Prime Minister saying earlier that he would not hold talks with the spiritual leader.

His Holiness will also be a guest at Friday's One Earth Tribute Concert in the Domain.

The Dalai Lama will be in Sydney for three days before heading to New Zealand.
 
 

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Discussion in Hamburg, Germany on August 23: His Holiness will lead a discussion on Secular Ethics - Human Values In Our Lives. Contact Website: www.dalailama-hamburg.de

Teaching in Hamburg, Germany from August 24 to 26: His Holiness will give teachings on Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (chodjug) on August 24 and 25. He will confer an Avalokiteshvera Initiation (chenresig wang jigten wangchuk) on the morning of August 26. Contact Website: www.dalailama-hamburg.de

Teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India from September 24 to 26: His Holiness will give a two and a half-day teaching and continue teaching from Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (chodjug) at the request of a group of Southeast Asians at the Main Tibetan Temple. Contact Website: www.tibetanbc.org

Teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India from October 6 to 9: His Holiness will give a three and a half-day teaching at the request of a group of Taiwanese at the Main Tibetan Temple.

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