Dalai Lama to join Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions
melbourne.anglican.com.au[Wednesday, April 29, 2009 13:53]

Tibetan Buddhist leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will visit Melbourne late this year for the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009, the world’s largest interfaith gathering.

The Dalai Lama greets a guest at a San Francisco soup kitchen on Sunday, April 26, 2009, after serving food and eating lunch. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
The Dalai Lama greets a guest at a San Francisco soup kitchen on Sunday, April 26, 2009, after serving food and eating lunch. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
The Dalai Lama will be part of the Parliament’s closing ceremony on Wednesday 9 December and is one of many international religious, civic, academic, scientific and political leaders who will participate in the event.

Reverend Dirk Ficca, Executive Director of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, said the visit of the Dalai Lama highlighted the significance of the event and emphasises the importance placed upon creating social and religious harmony by civic and spiritual leaders around the world and upon the role religious groups play in addressing global issues.

“The Parliament of the World’s Religions is honoured to welcome an individual who has devoted his life to fostering peace and sharing his spiritual knowledge with others,” Reverend Ficca said.

“We hope that the visit of the Dalai Lama encourages others to join us in December and become part of a global movement that believes in humanity, and to meet and engage in open-hearted dialogue with people from a diverse range of cultural and religious backgrounds.”

The seven-day event will aim to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities by featuring over 500 programs including lectures, dialogues, workshops, performances and exhibitions on a series of key topics including: sharing wisdom in search of inner peace; creating social cohesion in pursuit of justice; reconciliation with Indigenous peoples; special emphasis on aboriginal spiritualities; and overcoming poverty in a patriarchal world.

Melbourne’s brand new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the Parliament, and provide an opportunity for the city to demonstrate its commitment to diversity, peace, sustainability and reconciliation, on a truly international stage.

The program for the Parliament of the World’s Religions will be continually updated with information about other major speakers from both Australia and abroad.

For further details, visit www.parliamentofreligions.org", join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter @PWR2009.

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