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5,000 devotees listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching in Sydney

December 3, 2009

Tuesday, December 01 2009 @ 10:17 pm UTC

Sydney:?His Holiness the Dalai Lama has begun a two-day teaching on
?Awakening the Mind? in Sydney this morning. Nearly 5,000 people are
attending the teaching.

The morning session began with a traditional indigenous ?welcome to
country? from the Cadigal people of the Eora aboriginal nation, the
traditional owners of the Sydney area.

Flanked by Buddhists from Thailand, Vietnam, Tibet and many other
countries, His Holiness said he was very happy to be giving another
teaching in Australia, and in particular to be explaining Nagarjuna?s
Commentary on Bodhichitta, which he said he considers a ?sacred,
important and sophisticated text?.

In his opening remarks His Holiness spoke of the potential of all the
world?s great religions to bring inner peace, arguing that while
differing in their philosophy, all religions carry the same message of
tolerance and compassion. Beginning the teaching, His Holiness
emphasized that for a happy life and a peaceful community we must train
our mind and look more at our inner world, explaining that all worry and
frustration come through ignorance of the nature of ultimate reality.

During the lunch break His Holiness held a meeting with Australia?s
Tibetan Community. Around five hundred Tibetans were present, with many
travelling from interstate. Over one hundred members of the Mongolian
community also joined the meeting. In a half hour address His Holiness
focussed on the importance of education, encouraging more of Australia?s
Tibetans to try to go to university in order to learn skills and
professions that will benefit and strengthen the community.

At the close of the afternoon session all those attending the teaching
received a packet of seeds blessed by His Holiness. In recognition of
the 20th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize on 10 December, His
Holiness will be offering gifts of seeds to all those he connects with
during his Australia visit. The seeds are of native Australian plants,
selected in consultation with Greening Australia to help support
resilient and sustainable native ecosystems in the local areas His
Holiness will be visiting.

His Holiness will meet with Australia?s Chinese and Vietnamese
communities tomorrow.
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