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Richard Gere, Pulitzer Winner A Walker Join His Holiness in Debate about the Arts

October 25, 2010

James Dunn
The Tibet Post International
October 20, 2010

Emory -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama participated
in a talk entitled "The Creative Journey: Artists
in Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
on Spirituality and Creativity" with Richard Gere
and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker on Tuesday (19th October).

The panelist discussed the topic to a crowd
assembled at Emory University, where His Holiness
is an honorary professor. They all seemed in
ready agreement that the arts play a large role
in promoting compassion through-out the world.
His Holiness urged the people of world to use
their creativity to uphold democracy, liberty and
individual freedom. He also discussed admiration
of America calling the country the champion of
democracy, liberty and freedom. However he
discussed the risks of the role America has as
the world's leading country staying that "if
American's become demoralized it would have a
negative impact through-out the world."

Both Richard Gere and Alice Walker talked about
His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a role model for
them and a source of inspiration. They also
discussed the story of the Tibetan saint,
Milarepa and the message of despair and
redemption that it illustrates. Alice Walker, who
won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book
The Coulor Purple, said that the trials and
tribulation of Milarepa echoed the experience of
her community. She added that she would be very
happy for the story to be known to Americans in the south of the country

At the conclusion, Dr Rosemary Magee, Emory Vice
President and Secretary, thanked His Holiness the
calling him "Our Professor" and everyone else
involved with the programme saying it has been an
extraordinary spiritual, academic and scientific journey.
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