Dalai Lama to give lecture via video link

2011-10-07 09:14

Cape Town - The Dalai Lama will deliver the inaugural Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture at the University of the Western Cape on Saturday, via video link.

"The lecture will proceed with His Holiness Dalai Lama joining the event via live video link from Dharamsala, his home-in-exile, in India," the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre said on Thursday.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, a close friend of Tutu's, cancelled his visit after Pretoria failed to grant him a visa in time. "An empty chair on the stage will symbolise His Holiness's enforced absence," said the centre's CEO Dumisa Ntsebeza.

Tutu this week lashed out at government for the way in which the visa application made in August had been handled by the department of international relations.

Saturday's moderated discussion will centre around the topic "Peace and Compassion as Catalysts for Change".

The invite-only event will be broadcast live by the SABC, and live-streamed over the internet.

- Happy Birthday Desmond Tutu

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-07 09:20

    He should have been here to deliver the lecture in person.

      GetitRight - 2011-10-07 09:24

      Good!...let him help the Arch in praying...sodat meer maaifoedies gaan hospital toe.

      GetitRight - 2011-10-07 09:37

      @pragmatism...Welcome maaifoedie!

      GetitRight - 2011-10-07 09:49

      @pragmatism...Mr. Maaifoedie...the fact that you are becoming so emotional means that you understand full well that there are maaifoedies running the country. I suggest you direct your anger at would be more productive and well placed...don't you agree.

      MojoBa - 2011-10-07 09:56

      @pragmatism - Pete has nothing to do with this f*& up. You can lay it ALL in front of your ANC's door. The minute the ANC embarrasses you (their supporters) you get all worked up. Well, get yourself on some sadatives as a chronic medication, because this is still going to happen A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

      THE-SRG - 2011-10-07 10:03

      @pragmatism might want it to just go away but the world wont...they have seen what a joke the ANC are and thats why you getting so angry about it because you see it too and cant except what idiots they have made out of followers like you

      Antwahn - 2011-10-07 10:22

      @ pragmatism (sic.) No he's not here. And that is now a GREAT worry to your maaifoedie-pals! Ha, I love it when a maaifoedie plan falls apart...

      GypseyAnn - 2011-10-07 10:28

      Excellent news! "The invite-only event will be broadcast live by the SABC, and live-streamed over the internet." It would be nice to know what time this is due to happen and another good idea would be for it to become available on You Tube for future use by those of us who would be interested in hearing a message of peace!

      Persona_non_grata - 2011-10-07 10:30

      Video link? okay I get it - Dial-A-Lama !!!

  • GetitRight - 2011-10-07 09:23

    Good...let him help the Arch in praying. Maybe more maaifoedies will end up in hospital.

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:41

      We actually need a specific " Dear Lord please strke down the maaifoedies" type of prayer. I wouldnt be able to write it... Matt? Can you help?

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-07 10:28

      Pray for the downfall of the ANC? Could work... but EnglishBoer, you are welcome to lead us in prayer. Start off with knowing you're a sinner as all of us are, know that the wages of sin is hell, know Jesus died to save you from that, and ask Him to be your personal Lord and Saviour. Once you've done that sincerely and you know you're saved, then you know how to pray - then go for it, pray for the godless ANC to get booted out :-)

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 10:34

      @Matt It would take me about 20 years to confess all of my sins thats why I suggested that you do it.

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-07 10:40

      @ EnglishBoer - King David was a murderer and adulterer, yet God used him for greatness. Moses was a murderer but God used him for greatness. Matthew was a taxman, yet God used him for greatness. Isaiah had a filthy mouth but God used him for greatness. Noah was a drunk but God used him for greatness. They did get their punishment in due course, rest assured. Away from the Bible, John Newton was a slave trader, but he got saved and ended up writing Amazing Grace. Point is - everyone is a sinner and nobody is too sinful to get saved :-D

  • ChrisG - 2011-10-07 09:30

    Opening line from the DL "Greetings and blessings to all South Africans and to the maaifoedies running your country."

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:33

      Change that slightly to "the maaifoedies ruining your country".

      EnglishBoer - 2011-10-07 09:45

      @pragmatism do you actually know who your mother is?

      ChrisG - 2011-10-07 09:48

      Good morning Pragmaaifoedie, it would be "your mother is a maaifoedie", not maaifoedies. This is an important word in SA now, don't mess it up.

      MojoBa - 2011-10-07 09:59

      @pragmatism - get off this site, before you have a stroke and go and get that sedative prescription. Hee hee hee.

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-07 10:31

      @ Pragmatism - good news! Jesus died for your sins! Accept Him as Lord and Saviour and you SHALL go to heaven after you die. Yes, even for maaifoedies!

  • Skeletor1 - 2011-10-07 09:33

    I heard that Tutu said that the Dalai Lama should go into Zimbabwe and then just walk into RSA via the Musina border, no visa required......

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-07 10:33

      @ everyone - to my knowledge I was the first to make this joke (though I could be wrong). If I am, I apologise for the many, many, many repeats of the joke which have followed... the dead horse has really been flogged!

      Skeletor1 - 2011-10-07 10:36

      @matt, sorry for the inconvenience caused......

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  • mlucejko - 2011-10-07 10:00

    How stupid can the ANC get ?? If they had just let the Dalai Lama into the country, no fuss, half the country wouldn't have known he was here... But now everyone will want to watch him on TV... "Desmond, you lost the battle, but you've won the war"

  • Johann - 2011-10-07 10:02

    Happy birthday Oom Desmond, wish you many more healthy ones. PS. Have you considered getting the gentleman in via the Zimbabwe route??

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  • Gansie - 2011-10-07 10:07

    How do we know that the Maaifoedies are not going to sabotage the video link?

      Michael - 2011-10-07 10:42

      I was thinking the same thing. Very easy for them to do. Just the beginning of the elimination of all freedom of speach

  • Andor - 2011-10-07 10:13

    A message of pieace from a buddist monk??? As a Christian he should not be invited!!! Not because we are scared it will influence the chinese relations, but because he is a non-christian!!

      omrisho - 2011-10-07 10:20

      does your bible not teach you a message of acceptance and compassion, love thy neighbour and all that??

      Spetnaz - 2011-10-07 10:21

      get off your high horse!

      proudandpink - 2011-10-07 10:27

      Turn the light on in that narrow little passage you live in and stick your 'christianity' where the sun don't shine. Buddhism is a peaceful religion and way of life, unlike christianity and islam.

      tom.tom1307 - 2011-10-07 10:34

      Lol and I bet you are a great support of Romney who thinks God (The christain God) the right and will for America to kill millions of people so America is the strongest military in the world that all even China fear and that America was chosen as the holy land, not Isreal, to lead the world to christain salvation. I am christain and what you and this stupid Republican hav put out of yrs mouths goes against everything that Jesus died for, to me u are no christain, just a fool

      Redwine - 2011-10-07 10:51

      As a secular state freedom of religion is provided for in our constitution. That means any idiot is welcome regardless of whatever obscure religeous cult he or she might embrace. This same constitution promises a lot of other things that our ruling elite steadfastly ignore day in and day out.

  • bvravest - 2011-10-07 10:19

    the dalai lama could just fly to zim and walk across the border - no visa or passport required. then go to home affairs and get a sa passport (might need a few rand to pay the backhand though), attend the birthday bash and ever get to vote in the next election. pretty sure he wont vote for the maaifoedies.

  • Richard - 2011-10-07 10:35

    Can arrangements be made to watch this at outside events around the country? I for one would like to hear him!

  • Liberated - 2011-10-07 11:07

    I wonder if Tutu and the Dalai can pray together...christian & bhuddist, unless if the Arch is a secret bhuddist

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