Desmond Tutu spoke about His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the gathering after receiving a Tibetan traditional scarf from Sonam Tenzin, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in South Africa, "I also want to say very big thank you for honoring very dear friend the Dalai Lama, he is really amazing, he has an incredible serenity, "Imagine, I mean, we praise Nelson Mandela -- and we do, quite rightly -- for 27 years in jail and coming out with that magnanimity," said Tutu.
But "the Dalai Lama has been in exile 50 years," Tutu told an audience at a 2,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, "and you'd have expected that, by now, he would have been corroded by a bitterness. He hasn't," he continued.
"I have to say to him: 'Look here -- the cameras are on us now. Try to behave like a holy man,'" Tutu said in mock seriousness, raising an index finger as if genuinely admonishing his fellow Nobel Peace laureate.
The retired Anglican archbishop made his remarks after receiving the award at the movement's 2009 Oneness Summit.
Humanity's Team of Boulder, Colo., has no religious or political affiliation, a movement spokesman told United Press International. "Each of you, an incredible thing, you know the God loves you, because God knows you by names" he continued.
The award, from the worldwide movement "awakening the world to oneness," has become the standard among global awards for extraordinary demonstrations of inclusive visionary spiritual leadership.
Before the award presentation, Humanity's Team Worldwide Coordinating Director Steve Farrell spoke about the call to oneness.