Unsung Heroes of Compassion
February 1, 2014
Do A Little blog
The Unsung Heroes of Compassion is an event that began in 1999, as a result of a private conversation between His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and Dick Grace of Grace Family Foundation. Dick shared the kernel of an idea he was formulating: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do a better job of transforming our contemplative practice into compassionate action? His Holiness enthusiastically embraced the idea replying, “We have to work hard on that.”
The first Unsung Heroes of Compassion event was created in 2001, with subsequent events held in 2005 and 2009. This year I am humbled to be one of the 2014 Unsung Heroes - 24 women and 27 men— who range in age from 16 to 85, work in 18 countries worldwide, and represent many ethnicities, cultures, faiths, and backgrounds.
“These individuals have been selected as representatives of the tens of thousands of people worldwide who quietly serve the disenfranchised and work to improve our communities through their personal efforts,” says Dick Grace, founder of Grace Family Vineyards and board chair of Wisdom in Action, the organization hosting the unique celebration. “We don’t see them or hear about them in the daily news, but they exemplify a humanism and heroism to which we must each aspire.”