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Compassion in Exile: The Life of the 14th Dalai Lama (1993)

A portrait of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, which includes historical footage of China's repression of Tibetan Buddhism in 1959.

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Mickey Lemle

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A portrait of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, which includes historical footage of China's repression of Tibetan Buddhism in 1959.

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7 July 1993 (USA) See more »

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The world's responsibility towards Tibet
22 May 2006 | by prmoliveiraSee all my reviews

"Compassion in Exile" is moving in many ways. First, it shows the endearing humaneness of the Dalai Lama and his infectious laughter. Secondly, it shows genuine historical footage of China's violent repression of the 1959's uprising in Tibet. It also shows the policy of relentless demolition of almost 6,000 Tibetan monasteries. But what moves one to tears are the recollections by Tibetans who made to Dharamsala in India. It was not possible for me to watch children, nuns, monks, and many other Tibetans describing what they went through without been left with a lump in throat. One emotional climax comes when the Dalai Lama's younger sister speaks. It really breaks one's heart to hear her saying: "When I remember how Tibet was (before the invasion) ... It was so beautiful." China's economic might may rule the day and make cowards of the powerful nations of the world. But the conscience of the world cannot forget Tibet and its people. If we allow this profoundly ancient and wise culture to be wiped out from the face of the earth, we would have lost an essential part of our own selves. Compassion is not an ideology; it is what keeps humanity together. Speak for Tibet and help to save the world from the nightmare of power-seeking and war mongering.


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