Since Google+ Hangouts got broadcast ability, a new platform has been created for public figures to reach out to the rest of us, including figures like the Dalai Lama. His Holiness already has a pretty large social media presence with a Twitter account(http://twitter.com/#!/DalaiLama) and a Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/DalaiLama) each with over 2 million followers and fans respectively, and now he's on Google+. One of the orders of business on Google+ was a video post of the Dalai Lama wishing the South African Archbishop and activist, Desmond Tutu happy birthday yesterday on the 7th of October. Tutu rose to fame in the 1980s, when he worked as an activist fighting apartheid.
Catch the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu this afternoon
And now, the two of them (the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu) are doing a live Hangout today, the 8th of October at 10:30 am South African time which is 2 pm Indian Standard Time. The video conversation will be part of the Inaugural Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture. A link to the Hangout will appear on Google+ about 20 to 30 minutes before it starts. The Dalai Lama would have been there in South Africa in person, however, he faced some visa issues. The Dalai Lama's mission on Google+ is to extend his own mission, which he believes is threefold: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture and religion.
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