Dalai Lama meets church leaders

More than 30 Dunedin church leaders, including Bishop Colin Campbell, and representatives of the Dunedin Interfaith Council greeted His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet on the steps of St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral last Tuesday.

The welcome was followed by a discussion on Maori beliefs at the University of Otago Clocktower Building.

On Monday, in Christchurch, the Dalai Lama had a meeting with the New Zealand Youth Representatives of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions. While he gave his support for their work, His Holiness stressed that attaining inter-religious harmony requires us to be active.

“Religion is about cultivating a more peaceful mind, so it’s very disappointing if religion becomes a source of conflict,” His Holiness told the group.

His Holiness spoke to 12 parliamentarians from different parties, reflecting the diverse 120-person Parliament. The topic of discussion quickly centered on Tibet’s relationship with China. His Holiness spoke out against censorship and explained that the judicial system must be raised to international standards.



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