Australia Celebrates His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 75th Birthday


July 13, 2010 2:13 pm
Australia Celebrates His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 75th Birthday
[Tuesday, 13 July 2010, 2:13 p.m.]


The cutting of the cake by Representative Sonam Dagpo (L), Mr Jigme Dorjee (R) and guest speaker, Honorable Peter Slipper, MP (not seen in the picture). 
 

Canberra: His
Holiness the Dalai Lama may describe himself as a simple Buddhist monk,
but his 75th birthday was celebrated by his followers and admirers all
over the world with great revelry. In Australia, his birthday was
marked with festivities in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne,
Perth, Adelaide and Tasmania. 
In
Canberra, a special function was hosted by the Tibet Information Office
(Canberra) and Tibetan Community of the Australian Capital Territory
(ACT) in the National Press Club of Australia on 7th July, 2010. 
Australian
Greens leader Senator Bob Brown and senior Liberal Party member Hon
Peter Slipper MP were among the distinguished guests who attended the
function. 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.
More than 200 guest including diplomats, officials, academicians,
media, Tibet supporters, Chinese and Buddhist representatives and
Tibetans participated in the function. 
The
celebration featured a rich and diverse cultural program including
Tibetan musicians Tenzin Choegyal from Brisbane, Tenzin Yeshe from
Melbourne, a Sri Lankan dance troupe, a Nepalese dancer, a Mozart
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 speech, 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”.
“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.”
As
the host of the evening, Tibetan Community in ACT secretary 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 gave a moving account of His
Holiness’s life, achievements, and tireless work towards a peaceful
resolution for the Tibetan people.
Tenzin Lhadhar, President of Tibetan Community of ACT gave a vote of thanks which was followed by a cocktail reception.
Australia is today home to over 900 Tibetans and has grown into a major centre of the global Tibetan Diaspora. 
Australia’s
celebrations of His Holiness’s 75th birthday continued on 11th July,
2010 with Sydney’s “Festival of Tibet”. The event featured 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”.
–Report filed by Dr. Simon Bradshaw & Tenzin Dolma Dagpo on behalf of TIO.
SYDNEY CELEBRATES THE 75th BIRTHDAY OF HIS HOLINESS THE 14th DALAI LAMA ON 10 JULY 2010

    Tibetans take part in cultural show on the occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday 
in Australia

As
every city in the world celebrates the birthday of one of the most
respected leaders in the world today, Sydney drew record numbers of
friends and supporters to the Festival of Tibet on the Northern Beaches
home of the Tibetan community.
The
day was hosted by the NSW Tibetan community, in association with Dalai
Lama in Australia Limited and the Tibetan and Chinese Friendship
Association.  The day commenced with prayers from the venerable Sangha
members.
Guest
speakers were Mr Sonam Dagpo, representative of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, Justice John Dowd, Chancellor of Southern Cross University, Mr
Bill Crews, Chairman of the Exodus Foundation, the Honorable Peter
Slipper MP, Mrs Mei Leech, Tibetan and Chinese Friendship Association,
Mr Paul Bourke, executive director of Australia Tibet Council, Lynn
Bain, General Manager of Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd, and Mr Jigme
Dorjee, President of the Tibetan community in NSW.
The
day was also attended by other eminent visitors such as the Honorable
Phillip Ruddock MP, Mr Brad Hazzard MP,  the Mayor of Warringah, famous
peace activist, Steve Killelea, and many Chinese friends and supporters
from a diversity of Chinese groups.
The
event ran in conjunction with a photographic exhibition, “A man of
compassion and wisdom – The Dalai Lama’s Life in Pictures” presented by
Dalai Lama in Australia Limited.
Over
a thousand well wishers attended the celebration, which included
traditional Tibetan song and dance performances, poetry readings,
performances by members of the Chinese community, and a rousing
rendition of the “Happy Birthday To You” song with a Tibetan flavour,
before the Tibetan style birthday cake was shared between attendees.
The
afternoon saw the performance of everyone’s favourite snow lion dance,
and the draw of the raffle, which distributed the wonderful abundant
gifts which were kindly donated by a very generous network of Tibetan
friends and supporters.
From everyone in Sydney, we wish His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama heartfelt wishes for Happy Birthday and Long Life.
–Report filed by Sue Bloom on behalf of Tibetan Community of New South Wales, Australia