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May 17, 2013

Helping out His Holiness: Woman takes on busy task of coordinating Dalai Lama’s events

BLOOMINGTON —

If you need a real-life example of karma in action, look no further than Lisa Morrison. As the director of media relations for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Louisville, the Bloomington native illustrates how unexpected outcomes can come from some of life’s most simple choices. 

For more than 10 years, Morrison has dedicated much of her time to advancing compassion and the Tibetan cause through her work with the Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, or TMBCC. Even more interestingly, she doesn’t receive a dime for all her volunteer contributions. Of course, Morrison will argue these acts of service bring her a spiritual satisfaction far greater than any monetary wealth. 

Others who know her agree. 

“I have found Lisa to be a very generous, open and compassionate soul. Taking on the enormous responsibility of handling the media and public relations for His Holiness’s visit to Louisville speaks volumes for her dedication and passion for the Dalai Lama and his message of compassion,” said Jeanie B. Kahnke, senior director of public relations and external affairs for the Muhammad Ali Center. “I know Lisa has a full-time business outside of this project, so that really illustrates a lot about her character.”

Morrison wasn’t always involved with Buddhism. Back in Southern Indiana, she enjoyed all the benefits of a traditional American childhood. Dancing and twirling occupied her days, and Sundays at First Christian Church were standard. By her senior year at Bloomington North High School, Morrison switched gears and started down a different road. 

“Spring break senior year, defining moment, all my friends went to Florida for spring break, but I stayed home because I had called up the local radio station and landed an interview,” she said. “I didn’t know anybody there, but I was going to go and see them and ask for an internship. So I did it.” 

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