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5december20092Dharamshala: Exiled Tibetan Prime Minister (Kalontripa) Prof. Samdong Rinpoche will address the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions when he visits Melbourne, Australia, from 7 – 11 December 2009, Tibetan officials reported today.

The prime minister will deliver a talk on “Compassion: A Buddhist Approach” on the morning of 9 December at the interfaith conference. He will also take part in a panel discussion on “Compassion as a human value – Global food crisis as a spiritual challenge”.

The seven-day parliament, which opened on 3 December in Melbourne, is expected to draw as many as 8,000 individuals from virtually every world religion and faith group. Among those expected to participate are such international figures as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and theologian Hans Kung.

The Tibetan PM will also take part in a function in Melbourne on 10 December to commemorate the 20th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s reception of the Nobel Peace Prize..

Prof Samdong Rinpoche will leave New Delhi for Australia on 6 December.

On 1 December, Prof Samdong Rinpoche attended a conference on the relevance of Gandhian philosophy in the present day context, held at Himotkarsh Women’s College in Una, 117 km from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.  Former chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Laxmi Sharma, presided over the seminar.

In his address, Prof Samdong Rinpoche said that following the nonviolent philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi was the only option to ensure peace in the world.

Like Mahatma Gandhi, the Tibetans are also following the principles of perseverance and tolerance to attain freedom, Prof Samdong Rinpoche said.

Prof Samdong Rinpoche said that while the Tibetan community does not possess adequate resources to mobilise the support of the international community, they have been receiving support from people all over the world in their struggle for genuine autonomy.

Tibetan prime minister also briefed the media on the Tibetan people's peaceful demonstrations against five decades of Chinese government's repressive policies last year and the subsequent violent crackdown, resulting in the deaths of more than 250 Tibetans.

From 2 – 3 December, Prof Samdong Rinpoche visited Bija Vidyapeeth, located on Navdanya’s organic farm in Doon Valley, to speak on Mahatma Gandhi and globalisation. Bija Vidyapeeth is an educational initiative which offers a unique opportunity to explore and practice the art and science of sustainability and democracy through interactions with top intellectuals.

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