The Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most revered religious leaders, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. A Nobel Prize winning peace activist, he is known for his unswerving commitment to love, compassion and non-violence, and has moved the world with his spiritual teachings on “the universal religion of kindness.” Since 1967, His Holiness has traveled and met with adherents, leaders, and scholars in over 45 countries and has authored or co-authored more than sixty books.
Dr. Karen Armstrong is a religious thinker who has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, largely focusing on how our faiths have shaped world history and drive current events. Her newest book is Fields of Blood: Religions and the History of Violence (2014). Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish asked us to help her assemble the Charter for Compassion, a document around which all of us can work together for peace. It has since inspired the Charter for Compassion movement sprouting in hundreds of cities around the world.
Neither of these two interfaith exemplars has been a stranger to former Parliaments, and their new keynote responsibilities attest to their continuing commitment to a healthy, vital interfaith culture for the planet.