Dear Dalai Lama: Letters from Australians
Australians came together for the first time to honour HH the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in a special anthology;
Dear Dalai Lama: Letters from Australians, published in association with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies on the occasion of His 80th birthday (celebrated on 6 July worldwide).
Conceived and compiled by Sydney-based Tibetan refugee, Tenpa Dugdak, with a foreword by Prof. Emeritus Stuart Rees AM, (founder, Sydney Peace Foundation), Dear Dalai Lama is a deeply considered collection of profoundly intimate correspondence and a rare publication of letters.
This rare publication of letters succeeds in its motivation, to illuminate the friendships and connections the Australian people have with His Holiness the Dalai Lama that date back since before his first visit in 1982; and to promote a culture of peace via a special gift to the Dalai Lama for all he continues to offer to humanity.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
Dear Dalai Lama was officially launched by former Australian Greens leader Dr Bob Brown and founder of Sydney Peace Foundation Prof. Emeritus Stuart Rees at NSW Parliament, Sydney on 4 August with special guests.
The two remarkable men led a champagne toast to the Dalai Lama and his long life. By special request, book talks were also held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre on 31 October, featuring Mr David Hirsch, Chair of Sydney Peace Foundation, in conversation with renowned storyteller and Leura resident, John Hockney; Tibet enthusiast, supporter and former council member at Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Sydney) Leona Kieran; Sydney-based violinist, Yang Yu; Dear Dalai Lama project creator, Tenpa Dugdak and Katoomba resident, Tibetan refugee, Kunchock Gyaltsen. A final book talk was held at Crystal Castle in Mullumbimby in mid December, where one of the book's author's Jeremy Ball narrated his moving letter to the Dalai Lama with an intimate audience.
All proceeds from this limited edition book were pledged to the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPACS) Scholarship Fund for students from the world’s least developed countries (founded by Prof. Emeritus Stuart Rees).
For more information visit: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/peace_conflict/
'Letter to a Friend',
Tenpa Dugdak's short film became a finalist in the 2015 Focus on Ability Film Festival
In the short film, Abby Myer writes a personal and heartfelt letter to her friend, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet on his 80th birthday. Abby has been the state (SA) representative of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) for 7 years.
Journalist and project contributor Jeremy Ball reflects on the Dalai Lama’s influence on individuals and the wider world as he celebrates his 80th birthday:
Tenpa Dugdak gave two interviews on Tibetan radio networks, which were broadcast around China's 'great firewall' and shared with Tibetans inside Tibet.
In November, Tenpa Dugdak's father, a former political prisoner of 13 years, presented his son's offering 'Dear Dalai Lama' and heartfelt wishes from Australians to the Dalai Lama in person and to Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Tibetan PM in Exile.
A special lunch was held at the Central Tibetan Administration where ministers were presented with complimentary books and Tenpa's father shared the impact of the project of Australian people and their continued support, gratitude, affection and solidarity for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans.
Contributors to the book tweeted #DearDalaiLama
The day we lose our ability the feel the suffering of others in the world is the day we are doomed.