Perth to welcome the dalai lama

Manythousands of people are expected to attend two freeevents in early June to mark thefirst visit to Perthin 15 years by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Perthhas been chosen as the launching pad for the Dalai Lama'sfifth tour of Australia, the last being in 2002.

The theme of the 11 day national tour,perhaps the last to Australia by the 71 year old NobelPeace Laureate, is Open Arms - Embracing Kindness witha focus on the part we can all play in creating a morecompassionate world, and the role for all the world'sreligions in achieving global peace.

Both free events in Perth will beheld at Burswood Dome on Wednesday June 6. The first,from 9.30am till 12 noon, will be a forum on "Spiritualityand Sustainability", examining the links betweenBuddhism, the environment and spirituality. The forum,being held in partnership with the Australian ConservationFoundation, will be hosted by media personality JamieDrury. Later the same day, His Holiness will conducthis major event while in Perth, a free public talk on"Ethics for the New Millennium". Tickets willbe required for entry to the talk from 4- 5.30pm andpeople are encouraged to book early to ensure a seat.Tickets will be available from Ticketek outlets andcall centre (132 849) from May 10. (Tickets will notbe available from the Ticketek website.)

His Holiness will also travel to otherStates and has reserved his teachings for this tourto Melbourne where he will speak on Mind Training andPositive Thought Transformation for three days fromJune 8-10. The lecture series is based on one of themost important and ancient Tibetan texts, Eight Versesfor Training the Mind.

The emphasis of the Melbourne teachingswill be directed towards people seeking wisdom and guidancefrom the philosophy of Buddhism without necessarilyseeking to become Buddhist. During his tour, the DalaiLama is seeking particularly to connect with youngerAustralians and youth events are planned in both Sydneyand Melbourne.

Buddhism is Australia's fastest growingreligion and the 14th Dalai Lama is widely revered forhis wisdom and graciousness that draws together millionsof people from different religions, cultures and agegroups.

Some 200,000 people are expected toattend events around Australia. Visit www.dalailama.org.aufor more information. Details also available in NOVAMagazine.