Dalai Lama charms MSP

21/06/12 Edinburgh.Dalai Lama on a visit to Edinburgh going to the Signet Library, Usher Hall and National Library.
21/06/12 Edinburgh.Dalai Lama on a visit to Edinburgh going to the Signet Library, Usher Hall and National Library.

THE virtues of the Dalai Lama should be “an example to us all.”

So said North East Fife MSP, Roderick Campbell, after a personal meeting with His Holiness during the latter’s visit to Scotland last week.

Mr Campbell attended a short presentation in Edinburgh by the 14th Dalai Lama where he met with members of the Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Tibet.

Speaking after the event, Mr Campbell said: “It was a very exciting opportunity to meet and listen to the Dalai Lama while he was in Edinburgh. It was an early start, but everybody present was very happy to meet him and I was very pleased to attend this highly enjoyable event.

‘‘I got the opportunity to meet him personally and, although quietly spoken, His Holiness was very captivating. He later gave an interesting presentation, and his peaceful virtues should be an example to us all.

Mr Campbell spoke after the Dalai Lama made a visit to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and made a presentation in the Signet Library a week past Friday.

The MSP was joined by his SNP colleagues Linda Fabiani, Kevin Stewart, Maureen Watt, Jim Eadie and Christine McKelvie. An MSP from the Green party, Labour and Conservatives were also present.

However, Mr Campbell added: “It is disappointing that some opposition parties have tried to make the Dalai Lama’s visit to Scotland into a political point-scoring exercise.

“This was an exciting, pastoral visit by a highly-revered figure that I don’t believe should be used for mud-slinging in the political arena.”