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Dalai Lama to join Melbourne Parliament of the World's Religions

April 30, 2009

Melbourne Anglican (Australia)
April 29, 2009

Tibetan Buddhist leader, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, will visit Melbourne late this year for the
Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009, the
world’s largest interfaith gathering.

The Dalai Lama will be part of the Parliament’s
closing ceremony on Wednesday 9 December and is
one of many international religious, civic,
academic, scientific and political leaders who will participate in the event.

Reverend Dirk Ficca, Executive Director of the
Council for the Parliament of the World’s
Religions, said the visit of the Dalai Lama
highlighted the significance of the event and
emphasises the importance placed upon creating
social and religious harmony by civic and
spiritual leaders around the world and upon the
role religious groups play in addressing global issues.

"The Parliament of the World’s Religions is
honoured to welcome an individual who has devoted
his life to fostering peace and sharing his
spiritual knowledge with others,” Reverend Ficca said.

"We hope that the visit of the Dalai Lama
encourages others to join us in December and
become part of a global movement that believes in
humanity, and to meet and engage in open-hearted
dialogue with people from a diverse range of
cultural and religious backgrounds.”

The seven-day event will aim to cultivate harmony
among the world's religious and spiritual
communities by featuring over 500 programs
including lectures, dialogues, workshops,
performances and exhibitions on a series of key
topics including: sharing wisdom in search of
inner peace; creating social cohesion in pursuit
of justice; reconciliation with Indigenous
peoples; special emphasis on aboriginal
spiritualities; and overcoming poverty in a patriarchal world.

Melbourne’s brand new Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Centre will host the Parliament, and
provide an opportunity for the city to
demonstrate its commitment to diversity, peace,
sustainability and reconciliation, on a truly international stage.

The program for the Parliament of the World’s
Religions will be continually updated with
information about other major speakers from both Australia and abroad.

For further details, visit
www.parliamentofreligions.org", join our Facebook
group or follow us on Twitter @PWR2009.
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