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May 17, 2013

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



Tenacity paid off. She landed the internship at WTTS and eventually hosted her own radio program. At this time, Morrison started attending Franklin College, a hotbed for interfaith dialogue. Eventually she would return to Bloomington and develop a public-interest talk show that would turn out to change her life. 

Chance meetings, some believe, might not always be entirely by chance. Fate may have indeed had a hand in delivering Jigme Norbu to Morrison’s studio at the early part of the decade. A professor at Indiana University and a high-ranking lama in his own right, Norbu might be best known as being the current Dalai Lama’s older brother. His hard work in founding the TMBCC and championing the Tibetan cause is legendary. Maybe that was part of the amazing power Morrison felt radiating from him during their first meeting.  

“He filled the room with this energy, this charisma. I’d never met anyone like him before. He literally just blew me away with his presence,” she said. “I also knew intuitively that I had met someone very, very special. I didn’t know what it all meant but I knew that he had sold me on their need for support and the plight for the Tibetan people.”

In 2003, Morrison began to volunteer with the TMBCC. Of course, her work with her radio show didn’t go away. Neither did her duties as a single mom to a young son. Prior to this time, a marketing and media firm bearing her name was also founded. Life, already busy for the budding entrepreneur, was about to get much busier.

Only 30 days after the broadcaster first signed on to help the TMBCC, the Dalai Lama was scheduled to pay a visit to Bloomington. This would be the first of four occasions she would help coordinate the media for His Holiness’s Indiana teachings and public speeches.

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