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Dalai Lama crowds tipped

September 21, 2009

themercury dot com dot au - September 20, 2009

A CROWD of more than 5000 is expected to see the Dalai Lama at the Derwent
Entertainment Centre later this year.

The 72-year-old Tibetan Buddhist will visit the state on December 8 as part
of a national 10-day tour.

Event organisers anticipate a sell-out at the 1989 Nobel peace laureate's
presentation at the DEC.

It has been more than 18 years since he visited Hobart, when more than 3000
people were turned away from a public talk at the Wrest Point Hotel-Casino.

This time promoters chose the DEC to host the spiritual leader of Bhuddhism
because of its larger seating capacity of 5400.

Tasmania's Chinese Buddhist community leader Master Wang Xin-De said His
Holiness's visit was a great honour for Tasmanians and would have a profound
impact on everyone.

"It will be very enriching and he will have a very, very important
influence," Master Wang said through an interpreter.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama represents peace and harmony and he will offer
that to Tasmanians while he is here." While Master Wang does not have a
personal audience with the Dalai Lama, he remains philosophical. "The
universe might change that," he said.

However, the University of Tasmania has secured a visit from the Dalai Lama.

The School of Philosophy will host a luncheon celebrating the school's
cultural exchange program with a Tibetan university in northern India, which
was established more than 10 years ago at the request of the Dalai Lama.

School professor Jeff Malpas said the Dalai Lama would spend about four
hours at the private celebration with Tibetan scholars, teachers, graduates
and academics.

Greens Leader Bob Brown will introduce the leader in Hobart, while TV
personality Rove McManus will welcome him in Melbourne and chef Kylie Kwong
will introduce him in Sydney.

Tickets cost between $25-$70, go to www dot dalailamainaustralia dot org
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