The Dalai Lama, has presented an award to the film director Martin Scorsese for the film "Kundun", which tells the life story of the Tibetan spiritual leader.
The ceremony in New York was the latest appearance by the Dalai Lama on a 15 day tour promoting Tibetan causes.
He used the event to call - once again - for the Chinese to start discussions over the future of his homeland.
On Thursday night, the Dalai Lama addressed the Light of Truth award ceremony, organised by International Campaign for Tibet.
This year's recipients were the Martin Scorsese and Melissa Mathison, who wrote the screenplay for the film.
"It's difficult for me to express my feelings about Tibet, I mean, what it's meant to me, well all of us, I mean this entire experience about Tibet, if I could verbalize my feelings I really think it, I, this time I really do understand when people say this, if I could talk about it I wouldn't have had to make the picture."
SUPER CAPTION: Film Director Martin Scorsese
The Dalai Lama had warned on Thursday that the growing desperation of the Tibetan people could lead to violence.
And he urged China to enter into a dialogue over the autonomy of his Himalayan homeland.
But he has supported the decision by the United States and Europe not to condemn China at an annual session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission last week.
Such a moderate stance has angered more extreme Tibetans.
But the Dalai Lama has said that strong public condemnations of China's human rights record makes it "more difficult" for the Chinese leadership to make concessions.
His gratitude at the making of the film and its message was clear however.
"I want to express my deep appreciation to those concerned people who are making this wonderful film
and also the, those individuals who are really committed for cause of Tibet. I very much appreciate. We need your help."
SUPER CAPTION: The Dalai Lama
As a Buddhist the Dalai Lama has said he does not support such actions as the hunger strikes and self-immolation of a Tibetan activist, who died on Wednesday in New Delhi.
With Madeleine Albright on a summit visit to China and the President due to head for Beijing later in the year, activists were hoping that the issue of Tibet would rise up the international agenda.
"We are counting on Clinton to raise Tibet more forcefully than any administration has and so far what we've seen from Madeleine Albright in the last couple of days in Beijing that they are in fact doing that, what the Dalai Lama's really looking for is, for Clinton as well as other leaders to get China to the negotiating table."
SUPER CAPTION: John Ackerly, President of the International Campaign for Tibet
The Dalai Lama has long discouraged his followers from using violence to resist Chinese rule and sees a "middle approach" of dialogue with Beijing as the best way to reach an agreement.