Fionnuala Gill performs for His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in Ireland

A precious opportunity…

On April 13th I had the rare opportunity to sing for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in St Brigid’s Church in Kildare Town as part of this official visit to Ireland. I have had the privilege of hearing His Holiness speak before and this time, as each time before, I found myself almost overcome with emotion in his presence. He exudes all the qualities that touch my heart and his wisdom, compassion, openness and lightness of being are, I feel, great gifts in a world that can so often be burgeoned with heavy things. He spoke of compassion, he spoke of forgiveness, he spoke of the unity of all things, reminding us all that we are brothers and sisters all part of the same human family.

The gift of singing an Irish blessing to honour his visit to Ireland was very profound for me and something I will forever treasure as a highlight – perhaps THE highlight-of my career. Those precious few moments encapsulated everything that being a singer is about for me – for I was given the opportunity to sing from my heart, to create a sacred pause, a still point of beauty, which I hope touched and inspired the hearts of those present.

His Holiness’s visit to Kildare came about largely through the wonderful work of several great people – namely Richard Moore (please read his very inspiring story at Children in Crossfire) and the beautiful Brigidine sisters, who spread light wherever they go (SolasBhríde.ie). For those of you interested in learning more about the work and teachings of His Holiness please visit DalaiLama.com.

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