Canberra, Australia, 13 June 2011 (By Tsering Kyinzom Dhongdue) – His Holiness the Dalai Lama finished his teachings on “The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” in Melbourne today. Over the last three days, around 4,500 people attended the teachings. For the first time in Australia, His Holiness’ teachings were streamed live on the web. An astonishing 32,000 people watched the teachings live online. 6,000 people attended the public conversation on Saturday, with another 5,000 watching live on a giant screen at Federation Square in the heart of city.
His Holiness began the final day of teachings by recapping some fundamental Buddhist concepts including the Four Noble Truths, the law of causality and interconnectedness. He then led the audience through the Bodhisattva vows and encouraged people to repeat the vow as part of their daily practice.
With great detail and clarity, His Holiness covered chapters 2 (Disclosure of Wrongdoing), 3 (Full Acceptance of the Awakening Mind), 6 (Patience), 7 (Enthusiasm) and 8 (Meditation). His Holiness then concluded with a series of questions and answers from an enthusiastic audience.
Furthering his engagement with Australia’s Chinese community, His Holiness made time to do an interview with SBS Mandarin Service.
After a short flight late in the afternoon, His Holiness arrived in Canberra and was welcomed on the tarmac by a senior representative of the Indian High Commission. Members of the 70-strong local Tibetan community greeted him on his arrival at the hotel.
His Holiness will have a busy schedule of high-profile events in the nation’s capital tomorrow. He will be meeting members of all Australia’s major political parties at a parliamentary reception to be held in his honour. Later there will be another sold-over public conversation.