Interview with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), May 2013

Project: Morgan C. Atkinson Documentary Interviews: The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton

Interview Summary

The Dalai Lama was interviewed in Louisville, KY during a break in his 2013 presentation to an audience of more than 10,000 people. Atkinson's participation had been arranged through the Drepung Gomang monastery in Louisville, and his audience with the Dalai Lama had been planned to last for 5 minutes. That time was extended when His Holiness learned the topic was Thomas Merton. He shared his memories of meeting Merton and the profound impact their friendship had on his life.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, the child, then named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are realized beings inspired by a wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings, who have vowed to be reborn in the world to help humanity.

Interview Accession

2021oh0989_mcadtm0004

Interviewee Name

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso

Interviewer Name

Paul Pearson

Morgan C. Atkinson

Interview Partial Date

2013-05

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