June 17, 2013
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, today attended the inaugural visit to Westmead Hospital to visit staff and patients.
During the visit, the Dalai Lama shared his knowledge during a medical ethics forum, which was joined by more than 300 clinicians from Westmead Hospital and the Westmead Millennium Institute.
The theme of the forum was "Navigating the Maze of Medical Ethics‟ where the Dalai Lama discussed issues on mutual obligation in medicine.
Staff as well as dialysis and transplant patients were also given the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama during a tour through the Renal Unit.
Professor Jeremy Chapman, WSLHD Board Member and Director of Renal Medicine and Transplantation at Westmead Hospital, said, “It‟s an honour to have His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, visit Westmead Hospital.
“This is the first time the Dalai Lama has visited our facility and it has been a wonderful experience for our staff and patients to discuss medical issues and to share in his wisdom.
“It was also a great opportunity for the Dalai Lama to meet clinicians and patients from our Renal Department,” said Professor Chapman.
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and is an international figurehead.
In summing up the event, His Holiness said, “We all need to understand the oneness of 7 billion people.”