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Dalai Lama crosses Derry Peace Bridge with Catholic and Protestant children

It’s his second visit to the city in six years.

The Dalai Lama is in Derry as part of its UK City of Culture celebrations.
The Dalai Lama is in Derry as part of its UK City of Culture celebrations.
Image: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

THE DALAI LAMA will cross Derry’s Peace Bridge today with Catholic and Protestant children during his two-day visit to the city.

Some 300 local primary school children will also provide a guard of honour on the pedestrian bridge and sing for the Tibetan spiritual leader as he meets with Bishop Ken Good and Monsignor Eamon Martin to symbolise peace in Derry.

Following the walk, the 14th Dalai Lama will give a public talk at Crossfire’s ‘Culture of Compassion’ event which will be followed by a musical performance by Christy Moore.

Richard Moore, Director of Children in Crossfire said he was delighted to welcome back the Dalai Lama to Derry:

He came to the city six years ago as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations and has been a dedicated patron of the charity since that time.

We are delighted that people from across Northern Ireland and beyond will have an opportunity to see and hear him speak during this City of Culture year.

Arriving to the city yesterday, the Dalai Lama showed Moore how to take a pinch of tsampa from the proffered traditional Tibetan welcome and toss it into the air.

The Mayor of Derry, Kevin Campbell, welcomed him with a gift that symbolised friendship while the Buddhist leader offered him a khata in return.

The visit marks Derry’s celebrations as the UK City of Culture.

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