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5december20091Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama today addressed more than 1000 people at Auckland's Vector Arena on the subject of “A Peaceful Mind”. New Zealand's Labour leader, Mr Phil Goff, held a talk with His Holiness despite the climate pressures from China.

His Holiness spoke of the need for world peace and harmony in society, emphasizing that real peace must come from each individual's mind.

He stated, "Inner peace is from our mind, that is something very crucial, for the family, community, and also for individuals."

At the invitation of New Zealand’s Tibetan Buddhist community, His Holiness will hold a teaching session at the same venue on Sunday.

Labour leader Phil Goff held talks with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Friday, shortly after he arrived from neighboring Australia. Prime Minister John Key chose not to meet him this time, noting they had met before and there was no need for another meeting. But many people in the country have criticized the Prime Minister, charging that he is bowing to the Chinese communist regime's strong pressure, focusing on China’s economic power rather than its human rights record.

John Key has denied being pressured by China not to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but said in November, "We would understand the way the Chinese would deal with these things; but on the other side of the coin, that wasn't the overriding factor."

China, which has occupied Tibet since 1959, objects to senior political leaders meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as he represents the opposition to China's occupation of Tibet.

The Tibetan Nobel Peace Prize winner is scheduled to address the closing plenary of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne. His Holiness will join representatives from diverse religious traditions to discuss issues such as conflict resolution, earth charter as a global ethics, food and water justice for all, religion, HIV/AIDS and healthcare, caring practices for the earth and interfaith action for peace in Africa.

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