Hundreds Flock to Blue Mountains for Retreat With Dalai Lama

Floyd Cush

600 senior Buddhist practitioners from throughout Australia have descended upon the Blue Mountains this weekend to participate in a five day retreat with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama is in Australia for a 12 day tour (image source)

The Dalai Lama will also offer a public talk at Katoomba for 3500 members of the public before moving on to visit Brisbane, Uluru and Perth.

The Dalai Lama’s 12 day visit to Australia began on Thursday 4 June, touching down at Sydney airport with US actor and devout Buddhist Richard Gere.

However the visit has already sparked controversy, after the spiritual leader was greeted in the Blue Mountains by protesters with placards protesting his persecution of Shugden Buddhists.

The protesters are reported by Nine News to also be gathering on Friday and Monday at a public talk in Katoomba as well as the possibility of demonstrations at other events.

The Dalai Lama will conduct teachings in Brisbane on the 11 and 12th of June, open to members of the public to attend, as well as leading a prayers for World Peace service at St Stephen Cathedral.

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