Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Our message for the Dalai Lama's 2013 visit

Friday, 28 June 2013

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.

A big thank you to all our volunteers who have done a fantastic job building support for His Holiness and growing the Tibet movement in Australia. 

As part of our campaign, we have spoken directly to more than 25,000 Australians who attended His Holiness’ sold-out public events in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The message is simple: Together our voices are powerful, together we can help bring change to Tibet

Our supporters across the country have played an important part in two key events during this visit. We thank you for your support and action.

As a result of our recent successful public campaign, on 13 June His Holiness spoke at Sydney University to a packed hall of 800 students on the importance of education. In the words of Prof John Keane, whose Institute of Democracy and Human Rights hosted this highly anticipated talk, “It was by any standards an unforgettable morning – a fitting climax to a long struggle to undo the University’s efforts to shut down the event, a public triumph for the principle that universities ought to be public spaces where diverse opinions and unrestricted debate are sacrosanct.”

On 16 June, over 2000 Australian supporters and members of the Tibetan communities gathered to hear His Holiness in the heart of Sydney. The Gathering for Tibet was a celebration of Tibet’s rich culture and history, honouring the Tibetan spirit of resistance and remembering the over 100 Tibetans who have self-immolated in recent times. Leading Tibetan, Chinese and Australian community leaders joined His Holiness on stage, kids from the Sydney Tibetan community danced and sang, and well-known Australian and Tibetan artists dedicated their music for the Tibetan struggle.

Check out our photos of these awesome public events in Sydney. [Click image to enlarge]