The last time I was on the flight to Portland, I had a chance to see the movie “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama”. It’s directed by Rick Ray, and is a documentary about Tibet and the life of the Dalai Lama. It gives a view of who the Dalai Lama really is, told through both archival footage and the questions are asked directly to him during an audience. Ray traveled to India to meet him alone in his monastery. The questions mostly inquire as to the Dalai Lama’s opinion on the conflicts in the world, but also deal with finding happiness on a personal level and on a more global level.
- Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich?
- Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future?
- How do you reconcile a cmmitment to non-violence when face with violence?
- Is internet freedom good?
- Will there be another Dalai Lama?
- Does tolerance work?
- Can we save our environment?
Despite the very serious matter(a people in exile, oppression, suffering and loss of a whole culture) the movie- actually the Dalai Lama – has a contagious laugh. The D.L. still manages to put a smile on your face. More importantly, he makes you think, the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. His books sell everywhere in bookstores and thousands come to hear him lecture.
I certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to know about Tibet and the Dalai Lama.
- To his people, he is like a God.
- To the west, he is a celebrity.
- To China, he is the enemy.
- To him, he is just a simple monk.