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Seven Years in Tibet ()


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True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
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Heinrich Harrer
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Peter Aufschnaiter
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Ngawang Jigme
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Kungo Tsarong
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Regent
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Chinese 'Amban'
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Ingrid Harrer
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Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
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Pema Lhaki
Jetsun Pema ...
Great Mother
Ama Ashe Dongtse ...
Tashi
Sonam Wangchuk ...
Dalai Lama, 8 Years Old
Dorjee Tsering ...
Dalai Lama, 4 Years Old
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General Chang Jing Wu
Ngawang Chojor ...
Lord Chamberlain (as Ven. Ngawang Chojor)
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British Officer
Benedick Blythe ...
Nazi Official
Tom Raudaschl ...
Lutz Chicken
Wolfgang Tonninger ...
Hans Lobenhoffer
Samdup Dhargyal ...
The Garpon
Chemchok ...
Garpon's Agent
Tenzin Jangchub ...
Declaration Monk Official (as Ven. Tenzin Jangschub)
Angphurba Sherpa ...
Tibetan General (as Major Angphurba Sherpa)
Tsering Wangdue ...
Burly Guide
Yama Ngudup Cheshatsang ...
Burly Guide
Kalsang Dhundop Lungtok ...
Vendor Ice-Skates
Sonam Bidhartsang ...
Jacket Vendor
Lama Champa Tsondu ...
Watch Vendor
Geshe Lobsang Nyma ...
Ling Rinpoche
Geshe Yeshi Tsultrim ...
Trijang Rinpoche
Lama Champa Chandu ...
Dalai Lama's Room Attendant
Pemba Norbu Sherpa ...
Young Sherpa
Karma Apo-Tsang ...
Messenger to Great Mother
Ngawang Tenzingyatso ...
Jokhang Monk Official (as Ven. Ngawang Tenzin Gyatso)
Choeden Tsering ...
Military Instructor
Lama Jampa Lekshe ...
Monk Head of Security
Lama Thupten Nugdup ...
Head of Security's Aide
Daniel Tedeschi ...
Marchese
Gerardo Ebert ...
Horst Immerhof
Sebastian Zevalia ...
Younger Rolf Harrer
Philipp Kriechbaum ...
Older Rolf Harrer
Lobsang Gendun Rinpoche ...
Tibetan
Tenzin Gyaltsen Rinpoche ...
Tibetan
Sharpa Tulku Rinpoche ...
Tibetan
Zongra Tulku Rinpoche ...
Tibetan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor A. Haddox ...
Priest at Graz Train Station (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean-Jacques Annaud

Written by

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Heinrich Harrer ... (book)
 
Becky Johnston ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jean-Jacques Annaud ... producer
Michael Besman ... executive producer
Richard B. Goodwin ... executive producer (as Richard Goodwin)
Catherine Moulin ... producer: Himalaya
David Nichols ... executive producer
Iain Smith ... producer
Diane Summers ... executive producer: Himalaya
Alisa Tager ... associate producer
John H. Williams ... producer

Music by

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John Williams

Cinematography by

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Robert Fraisse ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Noëlle Boisson

Editorial Department

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Giles Gardner ... second assistant editor
Christine Marier ... first assistant editor
Giulia Maura ... post-production coordinator
Tasha Pym ... second assistant editor
Fabrice Rouaud ... assistant editor: avid
Jeanene S. Valentine ... post-production secretary (as Jeanne Valentine Viannay)
Steve Farman ... negative cutter (uncredited)

Casting By

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Priscilla John
Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Hoang Thanh At ... (as At Hoang)

Art Direction by

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Claude Paré ... supervising art director

Set Decoration by

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Jim Erickson

Costume Design by

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Enrico Sabbatini

Makeup Department

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Jean Ann Black ... makeup artist: Mr. Pitt, Argentina (as Jean Black)
Christine Blundell ... makeup artist: Mr. Thewlis, Argentina
Desideria Corridoni ... hair stylist: Argentina
Maria Teresa Corridoni ... key hair stylist: Argentina
Paul Engelen ... key makeup artist: Argentina
Thom MacIntyre ... hair stylist: Canada (as Tom McIntyre)
Stefano Nigro ... hair stylist: Argentina
Barry Richardson ... hair stylist: Argentina
Meg Speirs ... makeup artist: Argentina
Alberto Moccia ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Eleanor Chaudhuri ... production manager: Argentina
Doro Geyer ... production manager: Austria
Trevor Ingman ... unit manager: Argentina
Philip Kohler ... production manager: Argentina
Brent O'Connor ... production manager
Edmon Roch ... production manager
Michael Saxton ... post-production supervisor
Araceli Segarra ... production manager: High Himalayas, Himalaya
Barbara Factorovich ... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)
Chantal Feghali ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Juan Pablo Laplace ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jim Brebner ... first assistant director: Canada
Olivier Brejoux ... first assistant director: Himalaya
Mark Egerton ... first assistant director / second unit director
Javier Garrido ... second assistant director: Argentina
Tenzin Chodak Gyalpo ... tibetan assistant director: Argentina
Peter Heslop ... second assistant director: Argentina
Nawang Khechog ... tibetan assistant director: Argentina
Justin Muller ... first assistant director: second unit
Allen Smith ... second unit director: Argentina and Canada
Martin Sosa ... first assistant director: Argentina
Sonam Tashi ... assistant director: Argentina
Hernan Zayas ... second assistant director: second unit
Martin Hodara ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gordon Brunner ... property assistant: Argentina
James H. Chow ... property master (as Jim Chow)
Francois-Pierre Deberre ... scenic painter supervisor: Argentina (as Francois Pierre Deberre)
Gordon Izod ... supervising plasterer: Argentina
Reginald Keywood ... assistant construction coordinator: Argentina (as Reg Keywood)
Ignacio McBurney ... property assistant: Argentina
Graciela Oderigo ... assistant art director: Argentina (as Graciela 'Coca' Oderigo)
John Park ... supervising carpenter: Argentina
John Paterson ... construction coordinator: Argentina
Dave Philpott ... supervising carpenter: Argentina (as David Philpott)
Pierre Queffelean ... supervising art director: Argentina
Pippa Rawlinson ... draughtsman
Maxime Rebière ... storyboard artist
George Richardson ... supervising art director: Argentina
Wayne Shepherd ... lead man
Clementine Terramorsi ... art department researcher: Argentina
Paul Wescott ... supervising painter: Argentina
Victor J. Zolfo ... assistant set decorator: Argentina (as Victor Zolfo)
Scott Calderwood ... leadman (uncredited)
Anthony Caron-Delion ... set designer (uncredited)
Patricio M. Farrell ... props buyer (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon ... supervising carpenter: Argentina (uncredited)
Catherine Leighton ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Frank Matthews ... supervising plasterer (uncredited)
Paul Mulder ... property master: second unit (uncredited)
Claudio Palavecino ... props (uncredited)
Nicolas Scabini ... draftsman (uncredited)
Chris Sneddon ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Mario Tomas-Niedworok ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Philip Alton ... dialogue editor
Tim Cavagin ... re-recording mixer
Colin Codner ... boom operator: Argentina
Tim Hands ... dialogue editor
Peter Holt ... foley editor
Dean Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
James Kusan ... boom operator: Canada
Mark Lafbery ... re-recording mixer
Andrés Mayo ... boom operator: second unit
Christine Newall ... assistant foley editor
Richard Patton ... sound mixer: Canada (as Rick Patton)
Peter Pennell ... supervising sound editor
Grahame Peters ... additional sound editor
Julian Rodd ... additional sound editor
Victoria Stevens ... assistant dialogue editor
Ken Weston ... sound mixer: Argentina
Tim Worth ... sound mixer: second unit
Darren Brisker ... sound mixer: Canada (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Alan Snelling ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Dan Cervin ... special effects technician: Argentina
André Dominguez ... special effects technician: Argentina
Corbin Fox ... special effects technician: Argentina
Dean Lockwood ... special effects
Reg Milne ... special effects technician: Argentina (as Reginald Milne)
Federico Brizzio ... armory crew (uncredited)
Chris Clarke ... model maker (uncredited)
Dave Dunaway ... effects rigger (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Laurent Ben-Mimoun ... digital matte painter
Dimitri Delacovias ... digital matte painter
Antony Hunt ... visual effects producer
Andrew Jeffery ... digital film controller
Roger Lofting ... visual effects producer
Phillippe Montagny ... digital effects supervisor
Trevor Young ... film recording
Simon Carr ... digital effects artist: Magic Camera (uncredited)
Alan Church ... digital effects supervisor: Film Factory (uncredited)
Max Dennison ... digital matte artist (uncredited)
Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)
Andy Fowler ... visual effects producer (uncredited)
José Granell ... director of miniature effects (uncredited)
Sarah Marchant ... Inferno compositing artist (uncredited)
Daniel Pettipher ... digital artist: The Magic Camera Company (uncredited)
Sandra Roach ... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Angie Wills ... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Marc Cass ... stunts
Ray De-Haan ... stunts (as Ray de Haan)
David Forman ... stunts
Nick Gillard ... stunt coordinator
Vincent Keane ... stunts
Jamie Payton ... stunts
Andreas Petrides ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rick Allen ... key grip: Canada
Peter Allwork ... camera operator: Wescam, Austria
David Appleby ... key grip: Argentina
David Appleby ... still photographer: Argentina
Eddie Arguelles ... video assist operator: second unit
Sylvain Bardoux ... key grip: Himalaya
Klemens Becker ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Robert Binnall ... focus puller: Argentina
David Breashears ... unit camera: High Himalayan
François Daignault ... assistant camera / second assistant camera: second unit / steadicam operator: second unit
Carlos De San José ... grip: second unit
Pascale Ferradini ... assistant camera: Himalaya
Pablo Gómez ... video assist: Argentina
Malcolm Huse ... second grip: Argentina
Vincent Jeannot ... camera operator: Himalaya
Martin Kenzie ... camera operator
Alan McPherson ... gaffer: second unit (as Alan Macpherson)
Sascha Mieke ... camera operator: "b" camera, Argentina / steadicam focus puller: Argentina
Robert Palmer ... clapper loader: Argentina
Rob Parisien ... video assist: Canada
Michael Praun ... clapper loader: Argentina
Araceli Segarra ... assistant camera: High Himalayas, Himalaya
Jocelyn Simard ... first assistant camera: second unit
Allen Smith ... camera operator: second unit, Argentina and Canada
Jeff Upton ... gaffer: Canada
Miguel 'Pipi' Zarcovich ... grip: Argentina
Peter Bloor ... gaffer (uncredited)
David Breashears ... camera operator (uncredited)
Mark 'Rocky' Evans ... electrician (uncredited)
Anabella Goldberger ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Kaye ... additional still photographer (uncredited)
John Le Roy ... best boy grip (uncredited)
Vincent McConnachie ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Meehan ... best boy (uncredited)
Larry Portmann ... clapper loader: "a" camera, Vancouver (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Stuart Aikins ... casting: Canada
Kathy Driscoll ... casting associate: Argentina (as Kathy Driscoll-Mohler)
Roy Easdale ... extras casting: Argentina
Lucky Englander ... casting: Austria
Fritz Fleischhacker ... casting: Austria
Liz Legum ... extras casting coordinator: Argentina
Patricia Pao ... casting: Hong Kong (as Pat Pao)
Lucinda Syson ... casting associate: Argentina
Orla Maxwell ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gastone Grassi ... costume cutter: Argentina
Kate Healey ... costumer: Canada
Carla Hetland ... wardrobe manager: Argentina
Paolo Scalabrino ... costume supervisor: Argentina
Laura Lo Surdo ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Claudio Manzi ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Maurizio Torti ... costume assistant (uncredited)
Marisa Urruti ... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Leo Baumgartner ... location manager: Austria
Caito Martins ... location manager: Argentina
Rakesh Mehra ... assistant location manager: Argentina
Robin Mounsey ... location manager

Music Department

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Sally Boldt ... music editor
Budd Carr ... executive in charge of music
Jeff Charbonneau ... music editor
Robin Clarke ... source music editor
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhang ... advisor: Tibetan music/art, Argentina
Jonathan Enraght-Moony ... assistant music editor
Yo-Yo Ma ... musician: cello solos
Jill Meyers ... music clearances
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
John Neufeld ... orchestrator
Kenneth Wannberg ... supervising music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov ... concertmaster (uncredited) / violin (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy ... music recordist (uncredited)
John Williams ... conductor (uncredited) / music producer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Ricardo Avelluto ... picture car coordinator: Argentina
Diego Conejero ... transportation coordinator: Argentina
Arthur Dunne ... transportation manager: Argentina
John Kavanagh ... transportation captain: Argentina
Blue Angus ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Victor A. Haddox ... production driver (uncredited)
Paul Irvine ... transportation co-captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Ana Aizenberg ... production associate: Argentina
Mercedes Alfonsín ... buyer: Argentina
Laurence Duval Annaud ... advisor / script supervisor
Stacy Arnold ... office assistant: Los Angeles and Argentina
Pete Athans ... production assistant: High Himalayas, Himalaya
G.D. Bakshi ... catering supervisor: Argentina
Celia Bannerman ... acting coach
Jasmine Barry ... production office coordinator: Canada
Veronique Bataille ... assistant: Mr. Annaud, Paris/Argentina
Steev Beeson ... production accountant: Argentina (as Steve Beeson)
Bi Benton ... production office coordinator: Argentina
Barbara Berkery ... dialogue coach: Argentina
Charles Bodycomb ... armorer: Argentina
Philippe Boutillier ... sculpture supervisor: Argentina
David Breashears ... unit director: High Himalayan
Brigitte Cardinal ... sculptor: Argentina
Elias Eljiadue Castilla ... robes dyer: Argentina
Tenzin Chogyal ... advisor: Tibetan religion, Argentina (as Ven. Tenzin Chogyal)
Dale Clarke ... armorer: Argentina
Genevive Colvin ... assistant: Mr. Carr (as Geneviève Thomas Colvin)
Horacio Cuervo ... unit doctor: Argentina (as Dr. Horacio Cuervo)
Susan d'Arcy ... unit publicist: Argentina
Paul Dallanegra ... security consultant: Argentina
Jack W. Haddox ... production auditor (as Jack Haddox)
Tarn Harper ... post-production accountant
Ngawang Jimpa ... advisor: Tibetan history, Argentina (as Professor Ngawang Jimpa)
Girish Johar ... marketing & distribution
David Lindsey ... security consultant: Argentina
Iain Lowe ... supervising rigger: Argentina
Domenico Mancino ... accessories specialist: Argentina
Catherine Moulin ... producer: Himalaya
Robin Mounsey ... security officer
G.D. Murthi ... production accountant: Argentina
Anne Nevin ... production office coordinator: Argentina
Frédéric North ... helicopter pilot: Austria (as Fred North)
Mike O'Farrell ... catering coordinator: Argentina
Linda Pearce ... assistant production office coordinator: Canada
Marina Peralta Ramos ... production office coordinator: Argentina
Rakra Tethong Rinpoche ... advisor: Tibetan tradition, Argentina
John Robertson ... supervising rigger: Argentina
Brigitte Schmouker ... script supervisor: second unit
Tenzin Tethong ... advisor: Tibet
Eric Valli ... unit director: Himalayan
Chris Vickery ... unit nurse: Himalaya
Juan Aguirre ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Patricia Aguirre ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Dama Claire ... production consultant (uncredited)
Carolina Cortes ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bennett Fidlow ... additional legal services (uncredited)
Augusto Grassi ... jeweler (uncredited) / leather work master (uncredited)
Lejla Hadzimuratovic ... assistant to associate producer (uncredited)
Ryan R. Johnson ... assistant to head of production (uncredited)
Ajai Kapur ... production coordinator (uncredited)
Alejandro Levi ... celebrity personal assistant (uncredited)
Maeve Mannion ... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Sandra Matossi ... production accountant: Canada (uncredited)
Richard Morrison ... title designer (uncredited)
Kim Smith ... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

After the death of 11 climbers, Austrian Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) decides to add glory to his country and to the Austrian pride by climbing Nanga Parbat in British India, and leaves his expectant wife behind. An egoist and a loner, he does not get along with others on his team - but must bend to their wishes after bad weather threatens them. Then WWII breaks out, they are arrested and lodged in Dehra Dun's P.O.W. Camp. He attempts to break out several times in vain, but finally does succeed along with Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), and they end up in the holy city of Lhasa - a place banned to foreigners. They are provided food and shelter, and Peter ends up marrying a tailor, Pema Lhaki, while Heinrich befriends the Dalai Lama. They meet regularly; while he satiates the child's curiosity about the world, including Jack the Ripper and 'yellow hair'; he is exposed to the teachings of Lord Buddha, He even constructs a movie theater, while getting news of the end of the war, his divorce, and his son's refusal to communicate. But nothing will prepare him for the devastation about to descend when Communist China decides to attack, leading to the deaths of over 1 million Tibetans, the destruction of over 6000 monasteries, and betrayal from their very own people. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Taglines At the end of the world his real journey began. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sept ans au Tibet (France)
  • Sieben Jahre in Tibet (Germany)
  • Set anys al Tibet (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Siete años en el Tíbet (Spain)
  • Septini gadi Tibeta (Latvia)
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Runtime
  • 136 min
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Box Office

Budget $70,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $10,066,508, 12 Oct 1997
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $131,457,682

Did You Know?

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Trivia Because of their roles in the movie, David Thewlis and Brad Pitt are banned from ever entering China. See more »
Goofs (at around 1h 20 mins) A scene depicts communist China stomping into the Holy Land. Unfortunately, the identification of "China" was wrong in the film. (1) The flag shown was for ROC (the short-lived Republic of China, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, defeated by the communists), which was not the communist China's flag. Communist China's flag is all red with a few yellow stars. The flag shown in the movie is red-white-blue. (2) The Chinese government names, shown more than twice in the movie, said "Republic of China (4 characters)", whereas it should have been "People's Republic of China (7 characters)". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Seven Years in Tibet/RocketMan/Boogie Nights/Gang Related/Washington Square (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Clair de Lune See more »
Crazy Credits As the end credits roll, a view of the mountains of Tibet is seen. See more »
Quotes Dalai Lama: We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good.
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