10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

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How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. This is his story, as told and filmed by Rick Ray during a private visit to his monastery in Dharamsala, India over the course of several months. Also included is rare historical footage as well as footage supplied by individuals who at great personal risk, filmed with hidden cameras within Tibet. Part biography, part philosophy, part adventure and part politics, 10 Questions for The Dalai Lama conveys more than history and more than answers - it opens a window into the heart of an inspiring man.
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His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of Tibetʼs people, and exiled government. He established the Tibetan government in northern India in 1959, but has been a voice for peace all over the world, not just within his own land. For his hard work and sacrifice, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Fewer souls in history have had such a positive influence on our world and culture. No person alive today can rival his personal message of love and compassion. Over the past fifty years, the Dalai Lama has travelled the globe, in a quest to bring peace to regions of war and famine. The life of a Gyuto monk is a life geared toward serving others, promoting peace, and observing the traditions and rituals of Tibet. Of these, the tradition of the Dalai Lama itself spans back some three hundred years. The 14th incarnation -- Tenzin Gyatso -- was declared head of state of the Tibetan people when he was just sixteen -- a hefty responsibility at such a young age. At that time, Tibet was largely under Chinese rule, and the monastery was overrun by the Chinese army, probably the first time such a peaceful place was sullied by the violence and horror of war. It was at this point that it was decided that it would be safer for the Dalai Lama to retreat to India, where he resides, even today. In 2005, thanks to the generosity of the Indian government, a new Gyuto monastery was opened, and now boasts a population of some 500 monks, all striving to keep the traditions and culture of Tibet alive and well into the 21st century.
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