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Trusadh: Dalai Day

BBC ALBA Monday 22 October at 9.00pm

Trusadh: Là an Dalai

BBC ALBA Diluain 22 Dàmhair aig 9.00f

Dalai Lama on stage

THE DAY THE DALAI LAMA CAME TO INVERNESS

The Highlands of Scotland aren’t usually top choice for most travelling world leaders. But in June 2012 the city of Inverness found a living hero in its midst - an exiled Tibetan Buddhist monk turned globe-trotting Man of Peace, and one of the world's best known religious figures, the Dalai Lama.

Trusadh: Là an Dalai – Dalai Day is a heart-warming tribute to the day His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to town, to give one of his most intimate public talks ever.

The spiritual leader and former Head of State for Tibet fled to India the 1950s when communist China invaded. He’d longed to visit the Highlands of Scotland since childhood but had never made it beyond Edinburgh.

Trusadh meets the tour organisers as they explore the challenging logistics of transporting the famous holy man and spends time with Zen and zany Highlanders as they prepare an occasion to remember - from Buddhist ceremonies to a rather unusual dog collar, it’s an unexpected and colourful gathering.

Edinburgh based Victor Spence, the tour organiser, is a busy man, coordinating a visit to three cities in two days with one Dalai. Suspense mounts - can he and his team make His Holiness’ first visit to the Highlands a success?

Victor says: “Travelling to Inverness is usually an easy task. But when you’ve got someone you really have to look after, and protect, you start to face challenges you wouldn’t normally. People are in such awe of this man that on many occasions individuals will walk out in the road or try and get close to him in his car and create a danger for themselves and others. He wants to engage with people but there are a lot of security risks involved.”

On the Dalai Lama he says: “I actually think that he’s a beacon of positivity. His presence seems to raise consciousness.”

Helen Macrae, a Tibetan Buddhist from Inverness, is helping organise the visit. She has recently retired from the hectic life of a newspaper editor but reveals that this visit has had its share of pressure. She explains: “Lots of work went on behind the scenes. Lots of emails and lots of letters that weren’t replied to and you thought nothing is happening! Then suddenly we got told that, right it’s all happening!”

Praising the Dalai Lama, she continues: ‘He’s giving us values to live by – values that we haven’t necessarily lost because we know what we want, but we don’t know always know how to find them.”

Gavin MacLeod Humphreys, a Gaelic speaking Buddist originally from Inverness, thinks he will just be an average punter on the day, but he gets some unexpected good news. On meeting His Holiness, he says: “I could feel my face going red and I felt just like a little boy in his presence …He has faced many struggles during his life. I think he’ll leave a huge legacy behind.”

The programme also features Amy McCann, a school girl from Nairn who was chosen to MC the event - a massive job at only 18 years of age, and George Ledingham, owner of Hamish the Dog. George can’t believe it when he gets a phone call from Victor asking if the Dalai Lama can meet his rare Tibetan Mastiff, Hamish. But will Hamish want to meet His Holiness?

Trusadh: Là an Dalai provides an insight into Scotland’s growing Buddhist community, and it also explores the historic role of the Dalai Lama, whose peaceful appeal for Tibet’s cultural and spiritual independence is now supported by millions worldwide, striking a particular note with Scots.

Trusadh: Là an Dalai is produced by MacTV for BBC ALBA and will be broadcast on Monday 22 October at 9pm.

Chan eil Gàidhealtachd na h-Alba, mar as àbhaist, na phrìomh thaghadh dhan chuid as motha de cheannardan an t-saoghail.

Ach anns an Ògmhios 2012 thàinig gaisgeach spioradail agus daonnachd a tadhal air muinntir Inbhir Nis. Manach Buddach sìmplidh Tibeatanach a tha a-nise na Dhuine Sìtheil a tha a’ siubhal an t-saoghail.

Là an Dalai – Dalai Day : sùil aithghearr, aotrom air an là a thàinig a Naomhachd, an Dalai Lama dhan bhaile, agus a bhruidhinn e gu dlùth ris a’ phobaill.

Theich ceannard Spioradail Tibeat, a bha uair cuideachd na cheannard phoilitigeach, à Tibeat gu na h-Innseachan anns na 1950an nuair a thòisich Sìona Comannach a’ gluasad a-steach dhan dùthaich. Bha miann air a bhith tadhal air a’ Ghàidhealtachd bho òige, ach cha d’fhuair e a-riamh seachad air Dùn Èideann.

Cuiridh sinn seachad ùine leis an fheadhainn a tha a’ cur an turais air dòigh, ’s an iomadh dùbhlan a tha na lùib, agus coinnichidh sinn ri cuid de mhuinntir na Gàidhealtachd a tha an sàs ann an deisealachadh an là sònraichte seo agus a tha airson a chomharrachadh ann an dòighean iomchaidh. Bho thachartasan sònraichte Buddach gu coilear cù gu math neo-àbhaisteach, se cruinneachadh a tha dathte, agus uaireannan annasach a th`ann!

Le sealladh inntinneach air coimhearsnachd Bhuddach na h-Alba a tha sìor fhàs, bheir am prògram sùil cuideachd air an àite eachdraidheil a th’ aig an Dalai Lama fhèin. Tha an iomairt shìtheil aige airson neo-eisimeileachd chultarach agus spioradail Thibeat a-nise a’ faighinn taic bho na milleanan thall-thairis, muinntir na h-Alba nam measg.


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