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New Zealand's Labour Leader Meets His Holiness the Dalai Lama

December 7, 2009

Saturday, 5 December 2009, 11:26 a.m.

Dharamshala: New Zealand's Labour Party leader Phil Goff, who is also
the current Leader of the Opposition, held talks with His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, who arrived in Auckland on Friday for a two-day visit,
Television New Zealand reported.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the same day spoke to an audience of
around 1000 people at Auckland's Vector Arena on the subject of 'A
Peaceful Mind'.

At the invitation of the Tibetan Buddhist community of New Zealand, His
Holiness will give a Buddhist teaching on 'Nagarjuna's Commentary on
Bodhicitta' at the same venue on Sunday.

Prime Minister John Key chose not to meet His Holiness, noting they had
met before and there was no need for another meeting.

Key has denied being pressured by China not to meet His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, but said in November "We would understand the way the
Chinese would deal with these things, but on the other side of the coin
that wasn't the over-riding factor."

On 7 December, His Holiness will return to Australia to continue his
lecture series and other programmes.

His Holiness will give a public talk on Compassion in Diversity
organised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia Committee in
Hobart on 8 December.

On December 9, His Holiness will address the closing plenary of the
Parliament of the World?s Religions in Melbourne. His Holiness will join
representatives from diverse religious traditions to discuss over-riding
issues such as conflict resolution, earth charter as a global ethics,
food and water-justice for all, religion, HIV/AIDS and healthcare,
caring practices for the earth and inter-faith action for peace in Africa.
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