Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, the Dalai Lama has emerged as one of the great spiritual figures of this century. Here, in an exclusive interview with Michael Toms, he speaks of his positive impressions of Costa Rica, the purpose of religion, his memorable meeting with Thomas Merton, the individual’s responsibility for change, and the relationship between Tibet and China. Further remarks were recorded during his visit to San Francisco in October, 1989 as part of the Pilgrimage for Active Peace. In the second part of this program H.E. Tai Situpa, the conceiver and organizer of the Pilgrimage, suggests ways to encourage compassion or the “good heart” and emphasizes the relevance of “active peace.” (hosted by Michael Toms)
H.H. The Dalai Lama: Recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, Tensin Gyatso was brought to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and, and enthroned two years later as the fourteenth Dlai Lama. As Tibet’s leader-in-exile, he has worked tirelessly not only on behalf of the Tibetan people but as a voice for human rights worldwide. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, His Holiness is today universally acknowledged as one of the world’s preeminent spiritual leaders. He is the author of An Open Heart (Little Brown and Company 2001) and The Art of Happiness (Riverhead Books 1998).
Program Number: 2157 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 11/5/1989