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Road to Peace; Ancient Wisdom of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | October 2012 (USA)
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In a world dominated by violence, how can we create peace in our lives? This award-winning film goes on an extraordinary journey with the Dalai Lama, demonstrating how anyone can create change and transform the world in which we live.

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Leon Stuparich
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Joanna Lumley ... Herself
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In a world dominated by suffering and violence, how can we create peace in our lives? This award-winning film goes on an extraordinary journey with one of the greatest humanitarians of all time, the Dalai Lama of Tibet. The Nobel Peace Prize winner offers a radical vision of how we can create lasting peace within ourselves and on a global level. With intimate behind the scenes access and a candid personal interview, this film is as close to a flesh-and-blood encounter with the Dalai Lama as you can get. Filmed during the Dalai Lama's last UK visit before he stepped down as the exiled Political Leader of Tibet, this film captures his sense of humor, integrity and extraordinary ability to connect with people on a personal level. Demonstrating how any one of us can create change within our own lives and transform the world in which we live.

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October 2012 (USA) See more »

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A Peaceful Presence
22 January 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This 2012 documentary from director Leon Stuparich is an intimate portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The cameras follow his holiness on his two week trek through Great Britain in 2008. We get so close that we can't help but feel as if we are present – if not physically, at least spiritually.

An introductory history lesson provides details such as Dalai Lamas have been around since the 8th century, and each has chosen to be re-born to better serve others. The 14th Dalai Lama took full political control of Tibet at age 15 in 1949. Ten years later, the Chinese Army crushed the Tibetan uprising and the Dalai Lama led 80,000 Tibetans across the Himalayas on foot to a peaceful settlement. In 1973, he became the first Dalai Lama to spread his wisdom and message of peace to the western world. That message? Universal Responsibility: promotion of human values, promotion of religious harmony, and to continue serving Tibetan people.

What really stands out, as we follow on his fast-paced agenda, is the description of him as a "peaceful presence" and "a joyful being". His impact on those he meets is immediate and heart-felt. Never shying away from touch, it's clear his sense of compassion and peace are there for anyone open to his message. Somewhat surprising is his frequent laughter, smiles, waves and show of appreciation. This is a man of peace as well as at peace.

But make no mistake, his vision and message remains strong. He wants a better life for Tibetans, and he wants a better world for us all. His 1989 Nobel Peace Prize has provided even more opportunity for him to spread the message. This 2008 United Kingdom trip took him to such places as Albert Hall, Lambeth Palace, Oxford University and Nottingham. He spoke to such diverse groups as the Tibet Society, politicians, educators, students, religious leaders, the press, and a Mongolian audience.

We never see his energy wane nor his message waver, though we do see various signs of emotion depending on the audience. No matter one's religious beliefs, it is quite powerful to see one man making such an impact through a message of peace and tolerance, and sage advice such as stay on the path for knowledge, inner-strength, and compassion. This little film is as close as most of us will ever come to being in the Dalai Lama's presence … and it feels pretty darn close.


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