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May 17, 2013

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



First times are often the most memorable. Morrison remembered meeting the Dalai Lama in Bloomington during a private audience. Even though she stepped back to avoid crowding him as he exited a room, he walked directly to her and touched her hand. 

“Through this whole thing he didn’t say a single word to me. Not a single word. But he was communicating with his smile and his heart,” Morrison said. “And then when he dropped my hand he laughed. He giggled all the way down the hall. I’ll never forget that laugh.”

Due to an illness, His Holiness’s brother Norbu stepped down as leader of the TMBCC and a new lama, Arjia Rinpoche, took the reins of the organization in 2005. Immediately, Morrison found both a kindred spirit and, most importantly, a spiritual teacher in the new director. 

“Lisa Morrison has always been faithful in representing the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center to the public.  She has been our speech — our voice,” Rinpoche said. “In these days of the modern media, that is very important. I am very grateful to her for her services.”

Even after the Dalai Lama’s visit to Louisville concludes, Morrison still must balance the demands of her family, career and volunteer work. A trip to Mongolia has been planned for September so she can witness the opening of a cancer hospital Rinpoche has founded. Church remains a Sunday activity for the business woman, but Buddhist meditations and teachings continue to guide her through all aspects of her life. 

“What I’ve learned from Buddhism has just opened up my world so much. I had no idea. It didn’t come right away,” Morrison said. “It was part of the path.”

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