Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? And how do you maintain a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? A Grand Festival Award Winner at Berkeley's Video and Film Festival, this 2006 documentary serves as a forum for the 14th Dalai Lama to answer some of mankind's eternal questions, exhibiting his customary wisdom and practicality. With rare historical footage of Tibet, the film also chronicles the extraordinary life of the exiled spiritual leader and details his nation's turbulent relations with China.
"Expertly merging the mystical and the mundane, [Rick] Ray presents a warm and well-rounded portrait of his subject, his Buddhist philosophies and the painful circumstances of his exile to a modest monastery in Dharamsala, India."—NYTimes
"The achievement of [this film] isn't the super-serious philosophy or the history lesson, but the humor.... [Ray] shows us the person, not the legend."—SFChronicle