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Canberra Celebrates His Holiness' 75th Birthday

July 9, 2010

Australia Tibet Council
July 7, 2010

Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown and
senior Liberal Party member Hon Peter Slipper MP
were among the distinguished guests at a special
function hosted by the Tibet Information Office
(Canberra) and Tibetan Community of the
Australian Capital Territory to mark the 75th
birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The celebration, held at the National Press Club
of Australia on Wednesday, featured a rich and
diverse cultural program including Tibetan
musicians Tenzin Choegyal and Zompa Namsum, a Sri
Lankan dance troupe, a Nepalese dancer, a
virtuoso violin performance by Mr. Yang Yang of
the Chinese Community and Tibetan dances
performed by the Tibetan Community of New South Wales.

The evening began with a traditional aboriginal
"welcome to country" performed by Mr. Shane
Mortimer, an elder of the Ngambri people, the
traditional owners of the Australian Capital Territory.

In his commemorative address, Senator Bob Brown,
the guest of honour, described His Holiness the
Dalai Lama as a "great and inspiring human being"
and "Tibet’s greatest gift to the world,"
emphasising the tremendous importance of the Dalai Lama’s teachings today:

"In a world driven by national interests,
economic growth and short-term political games,
the Dalai Lama and Tibet offer the inspiration
that all humanity needs. There is no greater
exponent of the alternative, long-term,
compassionate and global view than the Dalai
Lama. No one person has offered a more cohesive,
optimistic yet practical vision for the future than His Holiness."

Introducing the speakers and performers, local
Tibetan Tsewang Thupten explained how Tibetans’
admiration of His Holiness was based "not just on
blind faith but on appreciation of his practical wisdom and compassion."

Mr. Sonam Dagpo, Representative of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama in Australia, New Zealand and
Southeast Asia, and a member of the Task Force on
Negotiations with the PRC, gave a moving account
of His Holiness’s life, achievements, and
tireless work towards a peaceful resolution for the Tibetan people.

Hon Peter Slipper MP, a co-convenor of the
Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for
Tibet, was also representing Hon Tony Abbott MP,
Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of
Australia. Representatives of the Taiwanese,
Chinese and Buddhist communities were also present.

Australia is today home to over 600 Tibetans and
has grown into a major centre of the global
Tibetan Diaspora. The 70-strong Tibetan Community
of the Australian Capital Territory was joined
Tibetans and supporters from as far away from
Brisbane and by a large contingent from Sydney.

Australia’s celebrations of His Holiness’s 75th
birthday will continue on Saturday with Sydney’s
"Festival of Tibet." The event will feature
another elaborate program of cultural
performances and speeches, along with the launch
of a unique photographic exhibition titled "A Man
of Compassion and Wisdom: The Dalai Lama’s Journey."

Simon Bradshaw, Australia Tibet Council

Dr. Simon Bradshaw
Research and Government Relations Manager
Australia Tibet Council
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