THE Dalai Lama’s historic appearance in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral will be remembered for his unassuming humanity and passionate advocacy of world peace.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge welcomed the 79-year-old spiritual leader.
“I greet you not as a stranger to this city or to this cathedral but beyond all the politics and all the protests, I welcome you as a fellow pilgrim and even as a friend,” he said.
The Dalai Lama spoke at a Multifaith Service for World Peace on June 11, saying “almost all the world’s major spiritual traditions are represented here … in this holy place”.
The exiled Tibetan leader’s arrival at the cathedral had earlier drawn a mixed response in Elizabeth Street with supporters dancing, while another group, the International Shugden Community, chanted and waved placards denouncing him.
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