Wearing a Patriots cap, the Dalai Lama speaks to the crowd at Gillette Stadium Saturday. (Reuters)
The Dalai Lama drew cheers from those gathered at Gillette Stadium to hear him talk Saturday when he opened his appearance by donning a red Patriots hat, a gift from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
People rose from their seats, greeting the 73-year-old spiritual and political leader with a mix of reverent silence and cheers. "You rock, Lama!" someone shouted, the call rising from a corner of the stands.
Waving cheerfully, the Dalai Lama mounted a stage and settled into an armchair facing a troupe of young dancers. With a flourish, he produced something cherry red - a Patriots hat, projected onto the end-zone video scoreboards - and waved it in the air. Thousands cheered as he tugged the cap onto his famously shaved head.