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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Bishop Desmond Tutu suffers ruptured disc, will miss peace summit

September 28, 2009

By Douglas Todd

Vancouver Sun - September 21, 2009

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu delivers remarks after being
presented with the J. William Fulbright Prize for International
Understanding Award in Washington November 21, 2008. Tutu has just announced
a campaign to save the whales.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has
suffered a ruptured disc and will not be able to take part in the Vancouver
Peace Summit with the Dalai Lama.

"He's 78 years old and things can go this way. But this came out of the
blue," said Victor Chan, organizer of the summit, which runs from Sept. 27
to 29. "His doctors have told him it would be a crazy idea to fly next
week."

In 2004, Tutu took part in another event in Vancouver with the Dalai Lama
and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. Tutu was scheduled to part in a
Sept. 27 dialogue at the Chan Centre, which will include the Dalai Lama,
popular Vancouver spiritual writer Eckhart Tolle, well-known Buddhist monk
Matthieu Ricard, British educator Ken Livingston and Gov.-Gen. Michaelle
Jean.

That event "will still be wonderful," Chan said, "but we won't be able to
see this amazing relationship between Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. Their
energy is explosive."

The Vancouver Peace Summit includes a wide variety of well-known spiritual
leaders and teachers, including five Nobel laureates, brain researcher
Daniel Siegel, religion scholar Karen Armstrong, motivational thinker
Stephen Covey and primate specialist Jane Goodall.
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