Gay Austrailan comedian and actor Magda Szubanski compered a live talk from the Dalai Lama in Melbourne today.
The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism is in Australia for a four-city tour of Australia.
Szubanski tweeted this morning that she was as ‘excited as a 13 year old at a One Direction concert’ to meet the Dalai Lama again.
The comedian met the Dalai Lama in 2007 at a conference called Happiness and its Causes in Sydney and there was a ‘very warm connection’, according to Lynn Bain, the general manager of his Australian tour, The Age reports.
‘It would be really cool to see his holiness at the top of the charts – forget about One Direction,’ said Szubanski to 5,000 people who had bought tickets to see after a showing a video of one of the Dalai Lama’s talks that is available on iTunes.
At a similar talk in Sydney on Sunday his holiness was introduced by Hollywood actor Cate Blanchett. He spoke about the importance of ‘secular ethics’ at a talk to 10,000 people.
After Melbourne, the Dalai Lama is visiting Adelaide and Darwin.
The Dalai Lama said at a meeting with gay Buddhists in San Francisco in 1997 said that his religion views male-to-male and female-to-female sex as sexual misconduct, but he added ‘from society’s viewpoint, mutually agreeable homosexual relations can be of mutual benefit, enjoyable and harmless’. He has also also said that gay and lesbian people should not be discriminated against.
Listen to his holiness’s talk on Compassion: The Foundation of Wellbeing introduced by Szubaski here: