Last night, at New York City's Rubin Museum of Art, Academy Award-winning actress and long-time activist Susan Sarandon welcomed the revered Buddhist leader His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa to have a discussion about women's rights, environmentalism and Buddhist philosophy.
Sarandon wore an autumn colored jacket that showed off her auburn hair. She looked hip too, in her black slacks and black boots. His Holiness wore traditional Buddhist clothes—a yellow robe draped over a loose-fitting sheet-like red garment. An embroidered pillow was set down in front of his feet and a dark grey cap covered his head.
In attendance were Carrie Lee, president of Live to Love International, Author Ava Roosevelt, Wendy J. N. Lee, filmmaker of the documentary “Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey,” Omar Sharif, Jr., the national spokesman for GLAAD, the leading voice for LGBT equality, and many more important and supportive guests.
Susan Sarandon said to His Holiness, "We can agree that most nations are a bit behind in terms of gender equality. It’s interesting you don’t have this problem. In fact, you have broken all the rules in terms of women’s equality. When did you come to understand that empowering women was part of your calling?"
His Holiness replied, "I have broken tradition. For a long time men have thought women cannot do it. Everything man can do but not women. Traditionally there are many, many things that women cannot do. I have been breaking through all of these barriers. I would say this—I am very proud of my achievement or maybe I am achieving. Of course I’m very happy to do it.
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