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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)

Unrated | | Documentary | 1 May 2006 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
The Dalai Lama ... Himself (as The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tenzin Bagdro Tenzin Bagdro ... Himself
Bob Dole ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Gere ... Himself (archive footage)
George Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage)
Rick Ray ... Himself
Tenzin Tethong Tenzin Tethong ... Himself (as Tenzin Geyche Tethong)
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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 ... Written by monterey media/Rick Ray Films

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If you only had one hour, what would you ask? See more »

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1 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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10 Fragen an den Dalai Lama See more »

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India See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,234, 24 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$223,517, 16 December 2007
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Call of Compassion
performed by Peter Kater & Nawang Khechog
from the CD "Dance of the Innocents"
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Much more than just questions
3 November 2006 | by gxp-1See all my reviews

This film gives much more than it's title implies. Rick Ray isn't just another seeker wanting answers from the Dalai Lama. He's so intent on not embarrassing himself at his audience with Tibet's spiritual leader that he goes to incredible lengths to prepare himself for this opportunity, such as traveling around India and Tibet to learn all he can about Buddhism and thoroughly researching the 14th Dalai Lama's life story. The result is the best-told (and illustrated) history of the Dalai Lama to date. Weaving in an amazing amount of rare archival footage, Ray gives us an intimate and detailed portrait of "simple monk" who has led anything but a simple life. The loss of his country to the communist Chinese and the struggle of Tibetans in exile are the burden he was born to carry. Turns out the filmmaker didn't need to worry that his meeting with the Dalai Lama would be a flop. His questions are all thoughtful, relevant and universal, just like his entire film.


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