6 March 2007
CROCODILE Hunter Steve Irwin built it to show the world his love of animals – now the Dalai Lama will use it to promote kindness to all creatures.
Australia Zoo’s 5000-seat Crocoseum will become the stage for the 14th Dalai Lama to launch the start of Kindness Week later this year, as part of his 2007 Australia Tour.
Kindness Week, which runs from June 13 to 19, is a major initiative of Karuna Hospice Services, which is Australia’s only Buddhist hospice.
It provides comfort and quality of life for people who are dying and their families and is designed to promote compassion for all living things.Australia Zoo – on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – has fostered a longstanding relationship with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, as both share a similar philosophy on wildlife and conservation.
During his visit to the zoo, the Dalai Lama will share his thoughts with visitors during a short talk on kindness and animal conservation.
The Dalai Lama’s Australian tour takes the spiritual leader to a number of cities and towns throughout the country. His tour starts with a forum in Perth on June 6.
He also will visit Bendigo, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney.
Many of these events will be free to attend, with tickets to be released closer to the dates.