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Dalai Lama leaves big debt during visits
12:34, December 12, 2009  

The Dalai Lama made his third open lecture on the afternoon of December 8 during his visit to Australia, according to a report by the Global Times December 9. The Dalai Lama talked a lot about "human rights and religious beliefs" in his climate-themed lecture, and charged a high ticket price of 70 Australian Dollars.

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail recently disclosed that the Dalai Lama also charged high ticket prices for his lectures during his recent visit to Calgary, Canada. He cared only about making money while lecture suppliers and performers failed to receive any compensation. Many people complained that the Dalai Lama's "sermon" was simply a "two-day 'harmony' and a big debt."

The Globe and Mail also reported that suppliers and performers were owed 300,000 Canadian dollars for receiving the Dalai Lama's two-day visit in Calgary. It added, "The weeks following the Dalai Lama's visit to the city in September have been filled with furious recriminations and threats of lawsuits among those who contributed to the event only to find out later they would not be paid the thousands of dollars they are owed."

This has not only caused several companies to take legal action, but has also infuriated local workers who serviced the event. "The Dalai Lama mess may tarnish the city's image," said the workers.

At present, the University of Calgary that invited the Dalai Lama has also been accused for its involvement in the messy financial affairs of Carter McRae Events, the coordinator of the visit.

By People's Daily Online

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