His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“You are my hero ...”
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet told Richard Moore when they met on 17th July 2007 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Children in Crossfire.

Richard and the Dalai Lama meet at the AirportGripping Richard’s hand, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists said, “Whether you believe it or not, you are my hero, and a wonderful son of humanity.“

“Despite your tremendous painful experience you don’t have any anger or hate. You accept what has happened and keep your peace of mind. You are a good example and model.”

During his visit the Dalai Lama met privately with Richard Moore and Charles, the soldier who blinded Richard when he shot him on the bridge of the nose when he was ten years of age.

“It is wonderful to see the person who suffered and the person who caused the suffering become true friends,” said the Dalai Lama. “There is genuine friendship and happiness which is based on forgiveness.”

His Holiness paid tribute to Richard’s “wonderfully happy family, his beautiful wife and beautiful daughters.”

He said, “I told Richard’s daughters this morning how important it is that their father’s spirit of forgiveness and compassion is carried on from generation to generation.”

Richard and the Dalai Lama talk at the Children in Crossfire 10th AnniversaryThe Dalai Lama said he was happy and proud to have received an invitation to speak at the Children in Crossfire 10th anniversary conference.

“This is the third time I have met Richard”, His Holiness said. “His spirit is always happy. If the same tragedy happened to me whether I would act like him with such forgiveness, I do not know.”

The Dalai Lama said he hoped that Richard’s story would be told to everyone as a source of hope.


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