Peacemaker Sakena Yacoobi and His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It is always slightly magical seeing a Tanenbaum Peacemaker on stage. This goes without saying, I suppose, about seeing His Holiness the Dalai Lama. So, the combination of Peacemaker Sakena Yacoobi and the Dalai Lama at St. John the Divine was downright exhilarating.

It may seem ironic to some that the stand-out aspect of the conversation was their crisp practicality. Both Sakena and the Dalai Lama are sparse on pontification and direct on loving instruction: Educate and Be Compassionate.

Their common approach and warmth almost made me wonder if they were in fact old friends. Then I remembered that they have met before – at the 2005 Tanenbaum Working Retreat. Scrolling through the pictures of that event, I was reminded – yet again – just how remarkable it is to shine light on the Peacemakers in Action, on the individuals who are less known but in some ways just as magical as a Nobel Peace Prize winner (and everyone's favorite visored monk).

p.s. Check out HH in the NYTimes and read his new book on interreligious understanding!