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Dalai Lama Visits

History: ATC and the Dalai Lama's visits to Australia

news hhdl mel 091210ATC stands with the Dalai Lama and supports his position on Tibet (see Middle Way Approach). From his second visit in 1992, ATC has played an active role in supporting the visits with Board and staff members taking on key responsibilites in the organisation of the visits - the National coordinator of the 1992 visit and the Chair of the 1996 Kalachakra visit.

In 2001 the Dalai Lama in Australia organisation was established to work with the Tibet Information Office organise future tours. Since then, ATC has continued to support the visits.

- During the 2007 visit ATC co-organised a public event with the Castan Centre at Monash University, "The Middle Way: a peaceful approach to resolving conflict" which featured the His Holiness as keynote speaker and in dialogue with an invited panel of eminent people.

- In 2008, the year when protests broke out across the Tibetan plateau, ATC organised an opportunity for His Holiness to brief parliamentarians and media on the crisis in Tibet.

- In 2009, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of awarding of the Dalai Lama's Nobel Peace Prize, ATC joined with Amnesty International to host "Peace Through Justice" where, the company of other leading human rights advocates and opinion leaders, His Holiness spoke about the importance of justice in the lasting resolution of conflict.

- During the 2013 visit, ATC's Kyinzom Dhongdue made a presentation to audiences at the Dalai Lama's public events and thousands of Australians added their names to our campaign – We stand together with the Dalai Lama - to show our support for His Holiness and the Tibetan people in their freedom struggle. Over 2,000 Australian supporters and members of the Tibetan communities gathered to hear His Holiness at the Gathering for Tibet in the heart of Sydney.

- In 2015, ATC's Directors Zoe Bedford and Prue Densley spoke to large audiences at the Dalai Lama's public talks in the Blue Mountains, Brisbane and Perth as part of our Australians Stand Up For Tibet campaign. Volunteers signed up new supporters to the ATC community through social media outreach.


Selfie Popup no textHis Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Australia on 4 June for his tenth Australian visit. Many thousands of people heard His Holiness' messages on secular ethics, inter-religious harmony and the promotion of Tibet and Tibetan culture.

Over the course of the 12-day visit, His Holiness held Public Talks in the Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Uluru and Perth. Every talk was at capacity with a total of 26,000 people attending. His Holiness also gave an intensive meditation retreat in the Blue Mountains and a Buddhist teaching in Brisbane attended by people of all faiths wanting to hear his message on how to live a meaningful and compassionate life.

He participated in a dialogue with scientists and educators at the Happiness And its Causes Conference around the theme of secular ethics in schools.


As the Dalai Lama lands in Australia to begin his 12-day visit, ATC Director Dr Simon Bradshaw looks at the wider implications of the challenges facing Tibet.

A month shy of his 80th birthday, this week the Dalai Lama will be returning to Australia for a much-anticipated series of public talks and Buddhist teachings.

But while the revered spiritual leader of Tibet remains as popular as ever in Australia and around the world, collectively we have been turning a blind eye to the enduring struggle in the Dalai Lama’s homeland – a mistake that may yet prove very costly not only for Tibetans but for the wider region including Australia.

Take a fresh and broader look at Tibet and we soon see that this unique land lies at the very heart of the great challenges of the Asian century. Mineral rich, the headwater of Asia’s great rivers, and sandwiched between great rising powers, what happens in Tibet affects the security, stability and environmental sustainability of vast swathes of the planet.


HHDL3The Dalai Lama’s profound yet simple teachings hold hope not only for Tibet but for the world at large.

“His Holiness and Tibet offer the inspiration that all humanity needs. No one person has offered a more cohesive, optimistic yet practical vision for the future than the Dalai Lama.” – Bob Brown, former leader of the Australian Greens

In a world driven by self-interests, imperiled by environmental destruction and fraught with conflict, the Dalai Lama offers a practical wisdom that transcends religious, ethnic and ideological boundaries. His message of compassion, responsibility, contentment and understanding is a message for the twenty-first century.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Australia from 13 to 23 June, 2013 was a great success. Thousands of Australians added their names to our campaign – We stand together with the Dalai Lama - to show our support for His Holiness and the Tibetan people in their freedom struggle. This message of support from the Australian public was delivered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama ahead of his 78th birthday on 6 July, 2013.