Sunday, October 7, 2007

Announcement: Dan Rather and The Dalai Lama

Info. from Dallas News Religion

It's one Big D interviewing another Big D on HDNET.

Here are details:


In a rare interview from his home in exile, the Dalai Lama speaks to Dan Rather Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on HDNet


Dallas (October 5, 2007) – This Tuesday’s “Dan Rather Reports” will feature A RARE IN-DEPTH interview with the Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most influential figures who in just two weeks will receive the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest honor paid to a civilian by the United States Congress.

Dan Rather Reports – One Man vs. China” airs Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on HDNet.

In his interview with Rather at his residence in Dharamsala India, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama tells Rather that the present Chinese rule in Tibet is like a “rule of terror” …”that must change.” His Holiness challenges China’s status as one of the world’s superpowers, telling Rather that “in order to become a genuine superpower, … the moral authorities field of China must improve. Otherwise-- nobody respect. Fear instead of-- instead of the respect. Just fear. And suspicion.”

With the summer Olympics coming to Beijing next year, Tibet’s exile community and its supporters plan to confront China and to continue to pressure for more religious and political freedom in what was once the independent country of Tibet. His Holiness continues to try to negotiate with the Communist Chinese government but so far there is no sign of a political compromise. After 48 years in exile the Dalai Lama, a 72-year-old Buddhist monk, with no country or army, tells Dan Rather that he remains committed to what he calls Tibet’s “freedom struggle,” urging his followers to walk a peaceful but not passive path saying “We have to act. We have to work.”

The Dalai Lama will be in the United States beginning October 9. He will make appearances in Ithaca, New York, New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Bloomington, IN. He is the winner of the Nobel Peace prize and has been honored in more than 60 countries.

A clip of the program can be viewed at the following link:

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