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Kalon Tripa to address Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne

December 7, 2009

Thursday, 3 December 2009, 4:32 p.m.

Dharamshala: Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdong Rinpoche will address the 2009
Parliament of the World's Religions when he visits Melbourne, Australia,
from 7 ? 11 December 2009.

Kalon Tripa will deliver a talk on ?Compassion: A Buddhist Approach? on
the morning of 9 December during the inter-faith conference. He will
also take part in a panel discussion on 'Compassion as a human value ?
Global food crisis as a spiritual challenge'.

The seven-day parliament, which opened on 3 December in Melbourne, is
expected to draw as many as 8,000 individuals from virtually every world
religion and faith group. Among those expected to participate are such
international figures as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and theologian Hans
Kung.

Kalon Tripa will also take part in a function in Melbourne on 10
December to commemorate 20th anniversary of the conferment of Nobel
Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Kalon Tripa will leave New Delhi for Australia on 6 December.

Earlier on 1 December, Kalon Tripa attended a conference on the
relevance of Gandhian philosophy in the present day context, held at at
Una, some 117 km from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.  Former chairman
of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Laxmi Sharma, presided
over the seminar that was held at Himotkarsh Women's College.

In his address, Kalon Tripa said following the philosophy of Mahatma
Gandhi was the only option to ensure peace in the world.

The Tibetans were also following the principles of perseverance and
tolerance like Mahatma Gandhi to attain freedom, Kalon Tripa said.

Kalon Tripa said while the Tibetan community did not possess adequate
resources to mobilise the support of international community, they have
been receiving support from people all over the world for their cause
towards genuine autonomy.

Kalon Tripa also briefed the media on the Tibetan people's peaceful
demonstrations against five decades of Chinese government's repressive
policies last year and the subsequent violent crackdown resulting in
death of more than 250 Tibetans.

 From 2 ? 3 December, Kalon Tripa visited Bija Vidyapeeth, located on
Navdanya?s organic farm in Doon Valley, to speak on Mahatma Gandhi and
globalisation. Bija Vidyapeeth is an educational initiative which offers
a unique opportunity to explore and practice the art and science of
sustainability and democracy through interactions with the foremost
intellectuals.
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