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HH-australia-2013Sydney: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet has made a sweeping visit to Adelaide, Australia, touching down in the city for the first time in 21 years.

The Tibetan monk was greeted by followers at Adelaide airport and later his talk on prosperity, health and friendship at the Adelaide Convention Centre drew a crowd of more than 5,000, a new record.

Speaking earlier in a private session of invited guests, His Holiness said it was beyond his capacity to teach compassion and wisdom to Australian politicians, and urged them to find a way to determine genuine refugees and asylum seekers while remembering to show compassion. The private event was hosted by former Greens party leader Bob Brown and Senator Sarah Hanson Young, well known for her work on refugee issues and human rights.

The issue of asylum seekers reaching Australian shores is a sensitive and controversial topic in the country, and His Holiness spoke at length about the "complicated" circumstances and the need for compassion to be practical. He acknowledged that while there were some who tried to take advantage of the asylum seeking process, there were also many who "really face persecution in their country... so you must act".

He later gave another talk at the Tibetan Buddhist Institute, where Institute member Grant Cameron said "He talks about tolerance, he talks about kindness, he talks about compassion ... In a world that seems to be getting angrier and more violent – that message to me seems more relevant than it ever has."

HH-australia-2013-2The previous day in Melbourne His Holiness spoke to a crowd of 6,000 at the Melbourne Convention Centre following a pop song called 'Love Love Love' in which he is featured, to be released this week on iTunes.

Attendees said he spoke for more than an hour on the subject of compassion for others and how warm-heartedness, love, kindness and respect are the sources of happiness; before opening up a session of Q&A.

The spiritual leader assured his audience that although his touring schedule sometimes makes him physically tired, he is always mentally fresh due to his relaxed and candid attitude to public speaking.

In a statement that seems to underlie his teachings, he added that "Fundamentally I always consider the importance of the oneness of seven billion human beings, physically, mentally and emotionally we are same."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will now move on to the north-western city of Darwin for 2 days of talks on the Four Noble Truths.

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