Schedule and Visits
In Australia & Beyond
Out and About with the Dalai Lama
Since 2018, the Dalai Lama has rarely travelled outside of India but has still continued to offer Buddhist Teachings in the main temple and also meet with scholars, delegations from various countries and participate in the Mind & Life discussions, held at his residence in McLeod Ganj. He also continues to travel across India to offer Buddhist Teachings and to speak, at the request of organisers, at various Conferences and Universities. Click here for oversea’s schedule
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Australian Visits
Since 1982, the Dalai Lama has blessed Australia with 10 visits, all of which have affected Australia in a deep and moving way.
Ocean of Wisdom
Many thousands of people were greatly affected by His Holiness’ messages on secular ethics, inter-religious harmony and the promotion of Tibet and Tibetan culture during his 10th visit to Australia.
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 a 5-day intensive Teaching retreat to 600 serious Buddhist practitioners in the Blue Mountains. He also offered a one and a half day Buddhist Teaching to 2,600 attendees in Brisbane which was attended by people of all faiths, wanting to hear his common message on how to live a meaningful and compassionate life.
Over the 12 days of the visit, His Holiness participated in a dialogue with scientists and educators at the Happiness And its Causes Conference around the theme of secular ethics in schools. A 2000 strong Tibetan community event hosted a long life offering and His Holiness met with federal members of parliament from the Australian All Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet. There was also a multi faith event at the main Catholic cathedral in Brisbane with representatives from all the major world religions, which was also attended by the then Governor of Queensland and three State Ministers.
And for the first time, His Holiness visited Uluru and met with the local Indigenous community and also gave a public talk.
In between all of these events, His Holiness also met with over 2,500 Tibetan’s, Mongolians, Bhutanese and Chinese around the country and where possible, the major public events were ‘streamed’ in association with His Holiness’ office in India and reached a further quarter of a million people worldwide.
Benefits of Living Ethically
“Beyond Religion, the 14th Dalai Lama on the Benefits of Living Ethically” provided thought provoking scope to explore the positive impact of ethical behaviour on ourselves, our loved ones, fellow human beings, communities, countries and ultimately our shared global community. With relevance across all Australian society – the discussions of the benefits of life lived ethically resonated with individuals, families, academics, educators, medical, legal and commercial professionals, regulators, leaders, business owners, and people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
This visit saw Teachings in Sydney and Melbourne along with Public Talks in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Darwin. His Holiness also attended auxiliary events engaging Buddhist communities, the Tibetan Community and other partner/ stakeholder groups including a visit to his good friend Rev. Bill Crews Exodus Foundation, Westmead Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney Peace Foundation, Quang Minh Temple, Tibetan Buddhist Institute in Adelaide, Adelaide Town Hall and Palmerston City in Darwin.
His Holiness also attended and spoke at the Young Minds Conference in association with the St James Ethics Centre and Good Start Early Learning Centre in Sydney and the Happiness and its Causes Conference in Melbourne. All up, almost 70,000 people connected with His Holiness during the visit.
A Man of Compassion & Wisdom
The Dalai Lama’s Journey
The Man of Compassion and Wisdom, the Dalai Lama’s Journey was by far the largest visit His Holiness has undertaken in Australia. Visiting Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Perth, the 10 day visit saw His Holiness connecting with over 65,000 people live and a further 100,000 tuning in online.
The visit kicked off months before His Holiness arrival to our shores, with a photo exhibition touring Australia, visiting regional areas, allowing people who would not normally connect with His Holiness, the chance to learn about this wonderful being. Highlights of this visit were His Holiness’s talk with 15,000 people in Brisbane, many of whom were affected by the devastating floods earlier in 2011 and his appearance on Australia’s most popular television program at the time, Masterchef – reaching almost 2 million Australians.
Our Future, Who’s Responsible?
During His Holiness’s seventh visit to Australia, he visited Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne, where he was a keynote speaker at the World Parliament of Religions. Being held in December also meant that Australia was able to celebrate with His Holiness’s, the 20th Anniversary of his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Our Future, Who is Responsible? visit was once again a success, with over 25,000 people hearing His Holiness speak.
Stages of Meditation
Held over 6 days at Sydney Olympic Park, the main aims of this visit were that the Teachings be accessible to all Buddhist traditions and that they be as affordable as possible. In all just over 6000 people from twelve countries in the Asia Pacific region attended the Stages of Meditation teachings. A similar number attended the Public Talk “Finding Purpose in Life” held in the same venue. Included amongst those who attended the Teachings were 280 monks and nuns from the Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan lineages. The Sangha were sponsored to attend the teachings and lunch was offered. Over 200 lay students and 200 Tibetans were also sponsored to attend the Teachings by very generous benefactors.
To deepen the experience for those attending, an auxiliary program was organised. This included guided meditation, chanting, one-on-one question and answer sessions, as well as panel discussions. The Teachings were also translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Tibetan and sign language. Between the Teaching sessions, His Holiness met with 700 members of the Tibetan and Mongolian Communities, 300 members of the Chinese community, 150 school children, over 100 Community and political leaders and 80 plus members of the Australian and Chinese Media. There was an overwhelming generosity and contribution from over 300 volunteers.
Open Arms – Embracing Kindness
2007 visit was a massive undertaking seeing His Holiness visit Perth, Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Canberra, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Sydney, over 11 days. The logistics, transport and security issues were enormous with His Holiness’s leaping on and off helicopters, planes and motorcades to deliver his message to over 200,000 Australians. Meetings with both the Prime Minister, Mr Howard, and leader of the Opposition, Mr Kevin Rudd, occurred despite extensive opposition from the Chinese government. The visit was an amazing success with His Holiness saying he would return to Australia as often as possible.
Gain Strength Through Compassion
Due to the increase in size of His Holiness’s visits, Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd – a non-profit company – was formed in 2001 to assist the Tibet Information Office to administer and manage the visits of His Holiness to Australia. By this stage his visits were so large, so complicated and the security and political issues so massive, that professional assistance was needed. Now His Holiness was protected by the Federal and State police and careful media and public relations strategies were needed to ensure His Holiness’ core messages were delivered clearly. Again, this visit was extremely successful and His Holiness visited Melbourne, Geelong, Canberra and Sydney with the focus being on Melbourne and the Teachings on Atisha’s Lamp of the Path. Neither the then Prime Minister, Mr Howard, nor the leader of the Opposition, Mr Simon Crean, met His Holiness during this visit.
Kalachakra Prayers for World Peace
This visit was instigated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and was organised by the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition). Its main focus was a 12 day Kalachakra Tantric Initiation in Sydney. His Holiness also visited Canberra and Melbourne, offering Teachings and Public Talks. A significant amount of money was raised during this visit, and was donated to charities and various non-profit organisations around the world. His Holiness never keeps the money for his own purpose.
His Holiness had received the Noble Peace Prize in 1989 and his status on the world stage had markedly increased. Enormous crowds flocked to his teachings as he visited Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. There were many media requests, the police provided some tactical support and politicians wanted to meet him. During this visit, Paul Keating, the then Prime Minister, meet him and agreed to support the establishment of the Tibet Information Office in Canberra. This was funded by the leftover funds from the visit and so the TIO in Canberra was formed and a formal representative of the Tibetan Govt in Exile became resident on Australian soil.
Ocean of Wisdom
His Holiness was largely unknown on the world stage. There was little, if any interest politically in his visit and he was largely ignored by politicians, police and media. His Holiness stayed in a student’s private home and his bodyguards were whoever looked beefy enough to stand up to being shoved by an over enthusiastic supporter. His Holiness taught at Kew Town Hall in Melbourne for several days, with Jeffrey Hopkins as his translator