Mindfulness, compassion and living meaningfully: these are themes that His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama has continuously returned to, during his many decades of teaching throughout our world.

It is not only His Holiness’ words and mastery of Buddhist scholasticism that inspires people everywhere: it is also his personal example. He is a teacher who not only eloquently explains the human virtues of love, compassion, peacefulness and forgiveness. To anyone observing him, it is apparent that His Holiness embodies these qualities in all of his activities.

The Tibetan Buddhist Society is pleased to have had a very long association with His Holiness. Our precious founder, Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, consulted with His Holiness before first coming to Australia and maintained close communications during the years of the establishment and development of the Society. His Holiness officially opened the Society’s traditional Tibetan temple at the Melbourne centre in 2002. His Holiness also wrote a foreword to each of the Tushita Publications books written by Geshe Loden. During his recent visits Tibetan Buddhist Society directors and students enjoyed the blessing of a group audience with His Holiness, during which we presented him with a report on the Society’s activities in support of the Buddhadharma in Australia.

Like the hundreds of thousands of Australians who have attended His Holiness’ teachings in Australia or overseas, we are very disappointed that His Holiness has had to cancel overseas travel this year, meaning that a planned visit to Australia in June 2018 is not proceeding. His Holiness’ decision was partly attributable to health concerns. At the Tibetan Buddhist Society we join with the millions of people around the world in their prayers and good wishes for His Holiness’ long life and swift return to full health.

We all look forward to the day that His Holiness can return to our country to give us the benefit of his warmth, good humour and practical wisdom.