Dalai Lama gives Perth audience keys to a happy life

AN entranced near-capacity audience at the Perth Arena on Sunday left with the Dalai Lama’s message of love, compassion and forgiveness the key to a happy life.

The Wisdom of Giving and Receiving public talk attracted about 12,000 Perth locals seeking enlightenment – as well as protestors supporting the Shugden Buddhist community.

Protestors made a stance outside the Arena accusing the 14th Dalai Lama of hypocrisy, claiming he had imposed a ban on the traditional and mainstream Shugden Buddhist practice.

Inside the venue, there was an air of affection towards the Dalai Lama who spoke of the need for individual happiness and inner peace in order to unify the world.

“From birth we all want to be happy,” he said.

“We all have the right to have a happy life.”

His Holiness said the best way to a healthy body and long life was via inner peace achieved through love, compassion and forgiveness.

“We can share this to have a happy family and happy community,” he said.

“This will then bring a sense of oneness to the seven billion people in the world.”

The Dalai Lama said there was a need for holistic education in today’s world, with less attention on materialism and selfishness.

“People consider this is a religious practice, but it’s not,” he said.

“Materialism only satisfies people mentally, not holistically.

“The problem today is not a lack of modern education, but a lack of moral principle.”

In response to a question about terrorists from host Rick Arden on behalf of a Perth local, the 79-year-old said forgiveness was the answer.

He said forgiveness did not mean accepting wrongdoing – but acknowledging it was wrong and moving towards inner peace.

“You must keep a compassionate mind,” the Dalai Lama said.

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