Towards A New World Culture: The Synthesis Dialogues, Part 1 of 4 with H.H. The Dalai Lama and Others

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In the fall of 1999, a small group of innovative thinkers from around the world gathered together for five days with H.H. the Dalai Lama of Tibet at his home-in-exile in Dharamsala, northern India, for a special invitation-only dialogue about the future of humanity and the planet. Explored in the first of this special four-part series are highlights from the beginning day of the historic event featuring an exchange of ideas in the areas of global ecology and media/arts and culture, and an intimate dialogue between host Michael Toms and the Dalai Lama.

This program is made possible in part by the support of the Fetzer Institute, Mark Victor Hansen, and Ron Rattner.


H.H. The Dalai Lama, Brian Muldoon, Brother Wayne Teasdale, Stephanie Kaza, Duane Elgin, Vicki Robin, Frances Korten, and Russil Paul. (hosted by Michael Toms)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Synthesis: the process that underlies all forms of knowing
  • The crisis in Tibet as a test of human moral evolution
  • The Dalai Lama’s view of the Earth: “It is our only home.”
  • How to face Western media driven cultural assimilation
  • What is behind media consumers’ fascination with violence?
  • Is the nature of human nature mostly negative or positive?

Host: Michael Toms         Date: 1999              Program Number: 2837