The members of the Temple of Understanding are deeply saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid and peace activist. We are grateful to have had the great honor of giving a Hollister Award to President Mandela in Cape Town in 1999. At that time, he told us that it was the religious who sustained him in prison, and it was for that reason that he agreed to receive the award.
We have tried to live up to his legacy through his vision that forgiveness and reconciliation are the only way to heal the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family, with all of South Africa, and with all those who see his cause as their own.