A look back at the day the Dalai Lama, received rapturous applause after speaking for close to an hour about the compassion and hope in an address called ‘The Power of Forgiveness’ at the University of Limerick Sports Arena. Watched by an audience of 3,100 people and thousands more on a live stream on the internet, the event was the largest on the Buddhist leader’s two day visit to Ireland, his first in 20 years. This was his first ever visit to Limerick.
Arriving by helicopter, the Dalai Lama was greeted by UL President Prof Don Barry after landing on the ‘Sports Bowl’ beside the Arena. The 76-year old monk was accompanied by his friend Richard Moore, director of the charity Children in Crossfire, who organised the visit to Limerick.
The Dalai Lama spoke for close to an hour and received a standing ovation after his address, during which he spoke about “the promotion of human values and the promotion of religious harmony”.
“If you practice compassion, it will benefit not only yourself, but create a positive atmosphere (around you),” he said.