Limerick, Ireland, 14 April 2011 (RTE News Ireland) - The Dalai Lama has completed his two-day visit to Ireland with an address on 'The Power of Forgiveness' at the University of Limerick's sports arena.
|Over 3,000 people attended His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address at the University of Limerick on April 14th, 2011. Photo/Speirs|
He spoke in particular about the power of compassion, love, forgiveness and tolerance, and said these are the cornerstones across all religions.
He said he had made religious harmony his lifelong commitment, as well as promoting the human values of compassion and forgiveness.
The Dalai Lama had a particular message for young people and the education system. He urged parents and teachers to train young people in compassion.
He said they could learn the value of compassion through attitude and actions and a genuine smile.
The audience gave him a standing ovation when he urged them never to give up hope.
Thirty young children perform a song composed for the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit at the University of Limerick on April 14th, 2011. Photo/Speirs
A group of 30 young children from regeneration schools in Limerick composed a special song about forgiveness for the Dalai Lama's visit.
The Dalai Lama was accompanied by Richard Moore, who established the Children in Crossfire organisation, which works on behalf of children caught up in poverty and injustice.
The Derry man was blinded when he was struck by a rubber bullet when he was ten.
He went on to meet and befriend the man who fired the bullet, Charles Inness, who also attended today's ceremony.
Richard Moore, Charles Inness and His Holiness the Dalai Lama clasp hands during the event at the University of Limerick on April 14th, 2011. Photo/Speirs
Hundreds of people from community and business groups and from the world of sport, as well as those touched by deep human tragedy and suffering, attended today's event.
Among them was Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte who later spoke of the very simple message that the Dalai Lama brought and said he felt privileged to be there.
Many others spoke of how they were moved by the Dalai Lama's message and how to see him live was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.