Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2014

His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim

His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim

In 1999, during a private audience with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Mr. Grace 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.”

From this inspiration, the first Unsung Heroes of Compassion event was created in 2001, with subsequent events held in 2005, 2009 and 2014.

A non profit organization called Wisdom in Action was also created at that time to help encourage and advance the work of our Unsung Heroes of Compassion around the world. Visit the Unsung Heroes Of Compassion website.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the honored guest at a luncheon event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, February 23, 2014. His Holiness acknowledged and thanked the 51 highly compassionate individuals who were the honorees of Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2014.

The honorees—24 women and 27 men—ranged in age from 16 to 85, work in 18 countries worldwide, and represent many ethnicities, cultures, faiths, and backgrounds. Gathered from the far corners of the earth, each demonstrates the timeless and universal human goodness celebrated by every wise culture.

“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.”

In the left column is a list of this years honorees, along with their stories and links to their respective organizations. Visit the Unsung Heroes Of Compassion website here.