Dalai Lama meets his match

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 09:03 hrs

Sydney, June 15 (IBNS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday met his Madame Tussauds wax double during the second day of his visit to Sydney.

This is one of seven wax figures that can be found around the world at Madame Tussauds attractions.

Upon meeting his wax figure for the first time in Sydney, the Dalai Lama was asked if he thought his wax figure portrayed him accurately, to which he replied, "I think quite similar...the only difference is this (pointing to himself) can speak, and this (pointing to the wax figure) cannot."

After an initial sitting on May 15, 1993 in London, the Dalai Lama has been portrayed by Madame Tussauds at various points in his life, with the Sydney figure portraying him from 2010.

The Dalai Lama, who is nearing 78 years of age, is at the start of a 10-day visit to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin.

Revered worldwide as a humanitarian and inspirational teacher, the Dalai Lama is a recipient of the Templeton Prize, he is a Congressional Gold Medal recipient and was also awarded the Nobel Peace in 1989.

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