Tuesday, November 22, 2005
The Dalai Lama is set to address a Community Relations Council event at Belfast's Waterfront Hall on the second day of his Northern Ireland visit. It is the second visit to NI for the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader following his first trip in 2000. The 70-year-old will also officially open the headquarters of Mediation Northern Ireland in south Belfast. He was welcomed to the city at the start of his three-day visit on Sunday by the Ray of Hope school choir.
...... but before that he was serenaded by the Ray of Hope choir made up of children from a number of Northern Ireland Schools. The Dalai Lama was presented with gifts, which he returned by blessing white Tibetan scarves called katas and giving them to the children.
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