LONDON: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be visiting the UK between 17 to 21 April for three days of speaking engagements in Derry~Londonderry and Cambridge.
The key themes in all engagements throughout this visit will be His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of non-violence, compassion, dialogue and universal responsibility.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Derry~Londonderry on 18 April is hosted by Children in Crossfire. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the Patron of the charity and its founder and Director, Richard Moore, has been described by His Holiness as “my hero”. The visit next week will be the third time that Children in Crossfire have hosted His Holiness. Richard Moore said, “It is a real privilege and honour for Children in Crossfire to host our patron on such a significant year for our city. Derry~Londonderry is the UK City of Culture 2013 and our ‘Culture of Compassion’ event will provide a wonderful opportunity for many people throughout Ireland to see and listen to His Holiness speak on the theme of compassion”. His Holiness will give a public talk on culture of compassion at Ebrington Plaza. It will see 2,500 people coming together in Derry~Londonderry to explore how as a global community we can become more compassionate and care for others and our planet.
Whilst in Derry~Londonderry, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will present a Youth Compassion Award to a local young person to recognise their acts of kindness and compassion.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be visiting the University of Cambridge from 19-20 April at the invitation of the Global Scholars Symposium and St John’s College. This will be His Holiness’ third visit to Cambridge, following previous visits in 1973 and 1993. Brianne Kent, Executive Director of Global Scholars Symposium said, “As students we feel incredibly honoured to be hosting His Holiness in Cambridge. His Holiness will guide a conversation with scholars about how to inspire non-violent resolutions to major conflicts around the world. We hope that this discussion will be a platform to motivate scholars to use their careers to help reduce violence and promote peace globally.”
The UK visit is coordinated by the London-based Office of Tibet, the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the UK, Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic States.