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Fetzer Institute to honor Tutu, Dalai Lama

September 28, 2009

By Aaron Aupperlee | Kalamazoo Gazette
September 26, 2009

KALAMAZOO - A Kalamazoo-based foundation is honoring the Dalai Lama and
Archbishop Desmond Tutu for their work to spread love and forgiveness.

The two men will receive the first-ever Fetzer Prize for Love and
Forgiveness from the Fetzer Institute on Sunday at the 2009 Peace Summit in
Vancouver, British Columbia. The summit is hosted by the Dalai Lama Center
for Peace and Education.

"Of all of the people we could think of, they, each in their own way,
exemplify the power of love and forgiveness perhaps more than anyone else in
the world," said Tom Beech, president and chief executive officer of the
Fetzer Institute. "It was a natural thing to award this prize to them."

Part of the work of the Fetzer Center is to share stories about love and
forgiveness in hopes of inspiring others to act in kind, Beech said. The
award celebrates the work of the Dalai Lama and Tutu to foster peace and
reconciliation in their own countries, Tibet and South Africa respectively,
and around the world. Honoring the two together recognizes the deep
friendship formed by the two out of a devotion to love and forgiveness,
Beech said.

With the award, the Dalai Lama and Tutu will each receive $100,000 and a
handmade journal made by Kalamazoo artists at the Kalamazoo Book Arts
Center. A message on the first page of the journals, made with handmade
paper and bound with paper made from corn fibers and corn silk, thanks the
two men for their inspiration, said Jeff Abshear, the Book Arts Center's

Beech said he does not know if the institute will continue to present the
prize in coming years.
Tutu brought his message of reconciliation and hope to Kalamazoo during the
summers of 2007 and 2008, speaking to crowds at Miller Auditorium on Western
Michigan University's campus.

During Sunday's ceremony, the Dalai Lama will briefly speak, and a video
with comment from Tutu will be shown, Beech said. Tutu will not be at the
ceremony because of a recent back injury, Beech said, but his daughter, the
Rev. Mpho Tutu, will accept the award on his behalf.

Watch the Webcast The Fetzer Institute will Webcast the award ceremony for
the Fetzer Prize for Love and Forgiveness live from Vancouver, British
Columbia at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at www dot fetzer dot org.
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