Dalai Lama Renaissance is a feature length documentary film, produced and directed by Khashyar Darvich, and narrated by actor Harrison Ford. The film documents the Dalai Lama's meeting with the self-titled "Synthesis" group, made up of 40 Western "renaissance" thinkers who hope to use the meeting to change the world and resolve many of the world's problems. The meeting took place at the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India in September, 1999.
The film won 12 awards, was the official selection in over 40 international film festivals, and played in cinemas in over 100 cities in the U.S., as well as other countries in the world like Germany, Austria, Switzerland.
It was also released in theaters in Taiwan in June 2009. The film received positive front page Chinese language press in Taiwan. However, the People's Daily presented an article criticizing the film.
Among the Western thinkers who meet the Dalai Lama are: quantum physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (from the documentaries What the Bleep Do We Know and The Secret), social scientist Jean Houston, and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center church in Los Angeles, Dr. Michael Beckwith.
Through the film the audience sees the clash of egos that soon developed among the members of the group and their assistants, as each member attempts to mold the meeting to fit their own personal expectations. Ultimately they discover they can't hope to change the world until they undergo a personal transformation. Assisted by the often light-hearted musings of the Dalai Lama, each member comes away uniquely changed by their experience.
The film includes original music by Tibetan musicians, as well as master sitarist Roop Verma, who studied under Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.
... abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara, was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama ... After the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the government converted the palace into a museum ... Lozang Gyatso, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, started the construction of the Potala Palace in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel (d ...
... On 10 March 2011, the Dalai Lama proposed changes to the exile charter which would remove his position of authority within the organisation and devolve his ... according to Sangay, there was “a high level of anxiety among Tibetans” over the Dalai Lama's decision to relinquish his own political authority ... In a statement at the time, the Dalai Lama referred to Lobsang Sangay as Sikyong and the title was officially changed from Kalön Tripa to Sikyong in September, 2012 ...
... terribly under the despotic rule of lamas and aristocrats ... only after the invasion of 1950, but even after the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in 1959 ... a journalist whose father is a friend of the Dalai Lama and who has himself been in private conversation with him for over thirty years writes "Almost as soon ...
... cliques kept China divided, and the 13th Dalai Lama ruled but his reign was marked with border conflicts with Han Chinese and Muslim warlords, which the Tibetans lost most of the time ... and Liu Wenhui defeated the Tibetan army in the Sino-Tibetan War when the 13th Dalai Lama tried to seize territory in Qinghai and Xikang ... The Dalai Lama had cabled the British in India for help when his armies were defeated, and started demoting his Generals who had surrendered ...
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