The day the Dalai Lama came to Inverness

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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.

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.