10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

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The deeply philosophical and spiritual documentary 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama finds the questing filmmaker and intellectual Rick Ray visiting with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama -- widely regarded as one of the wisest men in the world -- and asking His Holiness such questions as: "Why are the poor traditionally so much happier than the wealthy?"; "Is it necessary for a society to abandon its centuries-old traditions to move into the future?"; and "How does one committed to nonviolence respond when faced ...
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Overview

The deeply philosophical and spiritual documentary 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama finds the questing filmmaker and intellectual Rick Ray visiting with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama -- widely regarded as one of the wisest men in the world -- and asking His Holiness such questions as: "Why are the poor traditionally so much happier than the wealthy?"; "Is it necessary for a society to abandon its centuries-old traditions to move into the future?"; and "How does one committed to nonviolence respond when faced with inevitable violence?" In approaching these issues with the Lama, Ray brings to light innumerable observations gleaned from his pilgrimages throughout such countries as Israel, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. The program also incorporates historical footage of various cultures, including extensive footage shot covertly in Tibet under the threat of external dangers.
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Special Features

Interview with director Rick Ray; Additional selected scenes; Interview with Tenzin Geyche Tethong; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • UPC: 012233000122
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Monterey Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,569

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rick Ray Participant
The Dalai Lama (XIV) Participant
Technical Credits
Rick Ray Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Kater Score Composer
Sharon Ray Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A powerful film

    This film was recently screened to sold out crowds in Germany where the Dalai Lama himself attended the premiere screening with his sister, Jetsun Pema. Afterwards, Ms. Pema recommended the film, stating that it helps audiences to understand HH's message and what he wants for the world and helps the current situation to heal. I personally feel that Rick Ray did a fantastic job of making this man and his magnificent vision for the world accessible to the general public worldwide. There have been so many books and videos made about the Dalai Lama, but Ray takes us along on a unique journey to meet the man. I have personally watched poorly produced, lackluster Q and A's with the man when he appears in public and, while informative, they lack any production value. Further, there have been biographies about him which are somehow cold and aloof. But Ray takes us on a cinematic personal journey through the Dalai Lama's life story and philosophy in a way which I have never seen done before. By using rarely seen archival footage to tell the story and making us wait awhile to meet the man in person (but not nearly as long as some claim - the interview is longer than 50 minutes and far more than 10 questions), Ray not only gives context to his immense compassion, but also teaches an important Buddhist lesson - that a little hard work, understanding and study is necessary before wisdom is delivered. As to the Tibetologists and Chinese Nationalists who have complained in reviews here about the film - Ray doesn't seem to be trying to preach to the converted or the un- convertable, he seems to be reaching out to the common compassion in all of us, in language all of us can understand, without any elitist tinge  - not unlike His Holiness himself. This film is highly recommended.

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