Photo of the Day: The Dalai Lama's Magical Spiritual Tour

Apr 14, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

To the Dalai Lama, the struggle for a Free Tibet means more than pasting a bumper sticker on the back of an old Volvo. As the spiritual leader—albeit exiled—of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spends most days of every year on the road, quietly guiding a global following on a path to spiritual solutions.

His Holiness will see you now. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Wednesday's stop in the Dalai's ongoing spiritual tour was in Dublin, Ireland. Children in Crossfire charity founder Richard Moore had invited his holy friend to speak at a Possibilities Civic Summit. His Holiness introduced Moore, who lost his sight after being struck by a rubber bullet in Derry at age 10, as "my hero. Despite what happened to him, never have I seen bitterness or anger on his face."

Following the summit, the "absolutely adorable" Nobel Laureate spread his infectious contentment to nuns, newspaper writers and thousands of Dubliners who crowded Kildare town square to press the godly man's flesh.

Dublin's guest spoke of forgiveness, compassion and gratitude toward irritating people for providing opportunities to exercise patience, finishing off with: “Okay? What you think? Make some sense?”

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