Dalai Lama arrives in Christchurch

Dalai Lama arrives with 'great charisma'

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 18:00 08/06/2013
The Dalai Lama arrives at Christchurch International Airport.
John Kirk Anderson

The Dalai Lama arrives at Christchurch International Airport.

Relevant offers

A small hushed crowd welcomed the Dalai Lama to Christchurch this afternoon.

The Dalai Lama came through the arrival gates at Christchurch International Airport about 12.30pm with a small escort, including one police officer.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Jennifer Vine, a practising Christchurch Buddhist who converted to Tibetan Buddhism 40 years ago after she first heard about the Dalai Lama escaping Tibet in 1959. "He has great charisma."

People waited for him at the gates with white scarves called a kata, a traditional Tibetan offering scarves with auspicious symbols. 

The Dalai Lama, who had flown in from India via Sydney, was in a jovial mood, chatting with people and taking photos with them briefly before getting inside a waiting car.

He did not speak with the media.

"It's very special," said Dunedin Buddhist nun Jampa Drolma who came up to Christchurch specifically to see him. She had met him before at other talks in New Zealand, Australia, and India. "He has a beautifully calm presence and it's very uplifting. It's the result of meditation practise over so many years."

The Dalai Lama is in Christchurch to present two talks tomorrow on the Four Noble Truths and The Pillar of Peace at the CBS Arena.

He will also speak at the University of Canterbury on Monday in a question and answer session organised by the University of Canterbury Students' Association.

After Christchurch, he will visit Dunedin and Auckland.

 

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Is the mayor correct to put libraries, pools and community facilities ahead of the Town Hall?

Absolutely, they're far more important

I think funds should be split between those facilities and the town hall

No, the Town Hall should be rebuilt first

Just demolish the Town Hall completely instead of rebuilding

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Then and Now