Brisbane’s seventh annual Festival of Tibet celebrates Tibetan culture while addressing issues which are of importance to their people.
In these discussions audiences will gain a further insight into Tibetan culture and principles.
The Dalai Lama’s Legacy: Who can carry it?
11.30am–1pm, Sat 24 January
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inspires intense devotion amongst Tibetans, both inside Tibet and in exile.
He is much loved and respected by millions of people around the world. He has democratised and secularised the Tibetan administration in exile, tirelessly worked to preserve Tibetan religion and culture, and promoted compassion and religious tolerance on a global scale. Mr Tempa Tsering, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Chief Representative, joins us from India to discuss the impact and legacy of His Holiness and his thoughts for the future. Tempa la will be joined by UNESCO medal winner, Ama Jetsun Pema la and award-winning author, poet and journalist, Barry Hill whose latest release, Peacemongers has been described as “a book of ethics for the coming times”.
Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
1.30pm–2.30pm, Sat 24 January
Join the much loved Khensur Rinpoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering and explore ways of achieving peace of mind and come to terms with life’s inherent suffering.
Examine the roots of many of the problems facing the world and how we can approach these calamities in a way that alleviates suffering, and helps us in our personal quests to be happy. Through this in-depth conversation, attendees will identify the cultural influences and ways of thinking that lead to personal unhappiness, making sense of the hardships we face personally, as well as the afflictions suffered by others. Khensur Rinoche, Geshe Tashi Tsering was Abbot of Gyu-me Tantric College in India and is Patron of the Good Fortune Trust and School of Buddhist Science in Brisbane.
Why Tibet? Activism Workshop
3pm–4.30pm, Sat 24 January
Ever wanted to take action for Tibet but don’t know where to start? Hosted by the Brisbane branch of the Australia Tibet Council, this session addresses ways to promote human rights and democratic freedoms, and encourage a peaceful and lasting solution to the Tibetan situation. Come along for an opportunity to meet others who care about Tibet and to consider some of the ways we can all support the Tibetan cause and help create a better future.
This session will showcase the Our Tibet Story series in which Tibetans in Australia share their stories of loss, courage and hope. Australia has a small yet strong community of over 1000 Tibetans, many of whom are former political prisoners and have experienced life under China’s rule. Through their personal stories, Our Tibet Story counters China’s propaganda and celebrates the human spirit of courage and hope.
For six decades, the Tibetans have committed to non-violent resistance in their freedom struggle. However, today violence grabs the headlines and moves leaders to action. A better world is possible by embracing the positive stories of non-violent resistance.
Our Tibet Story is an initiative of Australia Tibet Council, enabling Tibetans in Australia to share their stories in their own words. For more information on the project, visit their webpage here.
See here a full downloadable schedule for the Festival of Tibet 2015.