the 2nd thing was – the Dalai Lama came to Dundee, and I was there to hear him give his lecture on “Education of the Heart”.
It was a very moving afternoon, even though he arrived 2 hours late from his visit to Edinburgh. It didnt matter too much as the Caird Hall is quite a place to hang out and the atmopshere was buzzing. The line up before HH (His Holiness) came on was a variety of songs, music and speeches – Mr Brian Cox’s opening speech in particular was stand-out – passionate and very fired up. A highlight was the school children who had prepared questions and videos about their perception of the Dalai Lama.
Im still going through a lot of what he talked about – so Im afriad I couldnt even begin to put into words his amazing take on the world – but his message and his advice to achieve happiness was to show compassion – not only to our loved ones, but strangers and even enemies, to embrace warm heartedness at all times and to put others first. The whole experience was very moving and there was not a dry eye in the house it seemed (even Brian Cox had a wee cry).
also rather incredible were the Signing Choir from Claypotts Castle Primary school – they gracefully signed (as in sign language not sing) their way through an operatic song for HH, who seemed to love it. He giggled at the children, shook each of their hands with a little bow even returning for a kiss on the cheek before he left the building. click onto the flickr link below to see the special moment. also see courier link for full story. What will the coming weeks bring I wonder ?