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President of JCCV Meets The Dalai Lama

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President of JCCV Meets The Dalai Lama

21 December 2009

During the recently‐concluded Parliament of World Religions, JCCV president John Searle was a member of a small group of Victorian religious leaders given an audience with the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, regarded by the Tibetan People as both their political and spiritual leader.

JCCV President John Searle with Dalai Lama in MelbourneDuring the recently‐concluded Parliament of World Religions, JCCV president John Searle was a member of a small group of Victorian religious leaders given an audience with the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, regarded by the Tibetan People as both their political and spiritual leader.

“It was a remarkable experience meeting a man so revered by his people and an internationally‐recognised figure”, said Searle.

“I extended a welcome to His Holiness on behalf of the Victorian Jewish community. In response he noted that he and his followers have long viewed the Jewish People as an inspiration for their resilience during their millennia in exile, and their yearning to return home. We also discussed how some exiles are better than others, mentioning how welcoming and culturally diverse societies like Australia’s are so few and far between, and we discussed the JCCV Executive’s meeting with local Buddhist leaders earlier this year.”

“He is a charming, affable and astute person”, Searle concluded “and I feel honoured to have met him.”

For further information contact Geoffrey Zygier on 03 9272 5579

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