The Dalai Lama is carrying out a number of engagements in Belfast during his three-day visit to Northern Ireland, highlighting the spiritual dimension of peace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama first visited Northern Ireland in 2000. Since then he has kept a close eye on the development of the peace process. The 70 year-old exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhists opened the new headquarters of Mediation Northern Ireland in South Belfast, along with the poet Michael Longley.

I want to see my old friend and then try to make a contribution regarding peace and reconciliation.

The Dalai Lama met management and staff at the Corrymeela Centre for peace and reconciliation in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, which is celebrating its fortieth year. There he met the founder Ray Davey and also its current leader David Stevens. He will address members of the Community Relations Council before concluding his engagements with a 'Way of Peace' celebration at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.

The Dalai Lama recently completed a nineteen day visit to the United States, where he met President Bush and other political leaders. He has lived in India since fleeing from Chinese troops in 1959. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize sixteen years ago for his non-violent struggle for Tibet.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 November 2005. The reporter is Michael Fisher.