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Dalai Lama: Happiness -- and Hope

June 20, 2008

Brenton Cherry
Parramatta Advertiser (India)
June 18, 2008

The Dalai Lama at his only media conference during a visit to Sydney.
Picture: Brent McGilvary

The Dalai Lama at his only media conference during a visit to Sydney.
Picture: Brent McGilvary

ULTIMATE happiness is not dependent on money and external things but
comes from within ourselves.

That was the message the Dalai Lama gave to the media at his only
press conference during his Sydney visit last week.

The 72-year-old Nobel Peace laureate was in Australia to deliver one
of his favourite teachings, stages of meditation by Kamalashila, at
Sydney Olympic Park.

But for a small group of protesters, the Tibetan people's spiritual
leader was greeted by adoring crowds eager to gain some insight from
the much-loved figure.

Throughout the press conference the Dalai Lama mixed observations
with a quick quip and a wry chuckle.

In his speech the Dalai Lama outlined his commitment to the promotion
of human compassion and religious harmony.

"As my own share of responsibility, I have always tried to make it
clear that the ultimate source of happiness is within ourselves;
human compassion and affection with which we are already equipped at
birth," he said.

"I am one of six billion humans and each individual's future and
happiness is dependent on the rest of the six billion people.

"If (we have) more humanity, (we have) more happiness. If (we have)
more fighting, (we have) more killing."

As for the situation surrounding China and Tibet, the Dalai Lama
expressed optimism following fierce rioting that erupted in Tibet
against Chinese rule in March.

"After the crisis in Tibet many articles were written by Chinese
scholars that reflected on the true situation, so I am hopeful," he said.

The Dalai Lama also appealed to the Tibetan community inside and
outside the country not to disrupt the Olympic torch relay when it
arrives in Tibet's capital of Lhasa next week.

"We have fully supported the Olympic Games right from the beginning
and the torch is part of that," he told journalists.

"Over one billion Chinese brothers and sisters feel really proud of that.

"We should respect that. I don't think there will be any trouble."
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