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Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford) (2008)

Dalai Lama , Harrison Ford , Khashyar Darvich  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dalai Lama, Harrison Ford, Michael Beckwith, Fred Alan Wolf, Amit Goswami
  • Directors: Khashyar Darvich
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Wakan Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029193N8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dalai Lama Renaissance, which is narrated by actor Harrison Ford, is the winner of 12 awards, and the official selection of over 40 international film festivals.

The documentary film has played in theaters in over 100 cities in the U.S., as well as in cinemas around the world. At the edge of the Millennium, the Dalai Lama of Tibet invited 40 of the West's leading, most innovative thinkers to his residence in the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India to discuss the world's problems and how we can solve them. What transpired was unexpected and powerful, and captured by an 18-person 5-camera film crew.

The film features quantum physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (from What the Bleep Do We Know), Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret),national radio host Thom Hartmann, revolutionary social scientist Jean Houston, activist Vandana Shiva (from the film The Corporation), and others. Beautifully filmed exotic scenery and Tibetan and Indian culture.

"SPELLBINDING... An uplifting cathartic journey that grips the soul."
"An inspirational revelation for mankind... An everlasting awakening of the heart and mind."
- Actress Diane Ladd - 3-time Oscar & Emmy nominee

"Yes I like your questions..."
"Certainly, your effort can make some contribution there s no doubt."
- The 14th Dalai Lama - (to "DLR" Producer-Director Khashyar Darvich)

"a provocative, even enlightening film."
"fascinating, ravishingly beautiful and sonically soothing."
- John Griffin - Montreal Gazette

"a moving form of visual poetry"
"Captures momentous magic. Applause to the filmmakers for revealing the jewel in the lotus The film is an intimate and stirring testimony"
- Donna Strong - Awareness Magazine

"an extraordinary portrait of His Holiness at work."
"Some of the best comic scenes in any new film out there right now"
- Bob Graham - San Francisco Bay Times

"It is a stunning tour-de-force"
"intimate glimpse into the Dalai Lama's life"
- Amy Wong - LA Yoga Magazine

"Dalai Lama Renaissance is an interesting portrayal of human ego pitted against compassion and altruism, exemplifying the very essence of the issues facing the world today."
- Todd Mayville - Elephant Journal

"Fire up this DVD and prepare to be amazed... The film has a certain persuasive power... Hilarious."
- Ross Robertson - EnlightenNext Magazine

"The film rapidly grabs hold of youÖ There is plenty of humorÖ [a] top-notch comedyÖ A journey of self-discoveryÖ The lessons of Dalai Lama Renaissance apply just as much to the audience watching this insightful documentary"
- Ian Bartholomew - Taipei Times, Taiwan

"I narrated Dalai Lama Renaissance, because I believe His Holiness is making a positive influence in our world. For me, the film represented an opportunity to continue assisting the optimistic efforts of an extraordinary individual."
- Harrison Ford - actor, narrator of "Dalai Lama Renaissance"

"Marvelous film!"
"Dalai Lama Renaissance reminds us of some most important lessons."
- Frederick Marx Co-Filmmaker, "Hoop Dreams," and Academy Award nominee

105 minutes of additional Special Bonus Features included on the DVD.


"A powerful cinematic documentary A very moving documentary unexpected and powerful Long after it ends, the totality of the documentary lingers, as one contemplates the fact that, if every human being decides to act in the best interest of human kind, we can change the world." - --Stan Robinson - Screen Scene/Arizona Weekly

"a provocative, even enlightening film." "fascinating, ravishingly beautiful and sonically soothing." - --John Griffin - Montreal Gazette

"a moving form of visual poetry" "Captures momentous magic. Applause to the filmmakers for revealing the jewel in the lotus The film is an intimate and stirring testimony" - --Donna Strong - Awareness Magazine

Customer Reviews

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Lena
I saw "Dalai Lama Renaissance" in a theater when it had its theatrical release in the U.S., and I was very moved by this film, and can understand why it won 12 awards: It was both unexpectedly funny and profoundly moving, and presents an intimate experience with the Dalai Lama.

I have watched a few other films about and featuring the Dalai Lama, and I have seen him speak in person in an auditorium, but "Dalai Lama Renaissance" surprised me in that, like no other documentary film about the Dalai Lama that I had seen before, it really captures the intimate presence of the Dalai Lama. You feel that you are in the room with him as you watch this film. Perhaps it is the fact that the film is shot with 4 or 5 cameras (with many different angles), and perhaps it is also because the film so skillfully shows how the Dalai Lama, through his wisdom, humor and compassion, transforms the people who encounter him in this film. The characters in the film who meet the Dalai Lama are a vehicle for the audience to also experience their own personal journey.

When I began watching the film, because of the beautiful images and music, as well as the masterful storytelling and colorful characters, I soon began to feel that I was one of the participants in the film, and that I had stepped into the film and was a part of the journey to meet the Dalai Lama.

In "Dalai Lama Renaissance," you really see some of the characters go through a profound personal transformation (in the presence of the wise, personable and funny Dalai Lama), and (this has very rarely happened to me while watching a film) I myself felt myself going through an inner transformational journey of my own.

As the main characters in the film travel through India, I felt as if I were traveling through India.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just another dry bio doc!!! June 16, 2009
By tonyj
The Dalai Lama Renaissance is far more than just another factual documentary of the Dalai Lama, and has a special message not found in other movies on His Holiness (at least to my knowledge).

Basically a group of leading edge thinkers, heavy weights of science, philanthropy, politics, philosophy, economics and spirituality travel to the Himalayas for an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in an attempt to fuse their separate disciplines into a unified approach in solving the world's problems. Such leaders include Dr. Michael Beckwith (The Secret), Fred Allan Wold and Amit Goswami (What the Bleep...?).

Before addressing His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the group, they have to reach a consensus of just what exactly they will be saying to Him. In their attempt to tackle the problems of the world, they inadvertently stumble upon the fundamental problem of human nature, the ego. Each participant has big ideas on how the world works according to their particular expertise. When an attempt is made to unite all these various perspectives into a coherent "Synthesis," it becomes apparent that the task isn't as easy as everyone had hoped. Even when everyone is separated into small groups in order to define the word "Synthesis" itself, the first exercise of the symposium, the sparks begin to fly. Egos are bruised, views are dismissed and frustrations are vented. As a viewer, you can't help but get caught up in the drama, which is both highly entertaining and highly thought provoking.

What makes this film unique among so many other great documentaries on the Dalai Lama is that it reveals not just the brilliance of these heavy weights but the flaws and insecurities. It shows these people in all their humanity and complexity. Movies like "What the Bleep do We Know?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Group Dynamics June 26, 2009
As a "Tibetan Buddhist", I always enjoy hearing His Holiness the Dalai Lama's laugh. The suffering of aging is very real, but no matter how low I may be feeling, he makes me happy. He laughs and smiles often in this film. He also offers much wisdom.

As a retired Public Health Educator, Community Organizer and Administrator, I found the group dynamics to be of great interest. A group of very intelligent people from different disciplines came together to synthesize diverse approaches to world problems with the results to be offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his consideration and possible use. Well, many successful, bright people also have big egos. Watch this film to see what happens.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound experience of the Dalai Lama's teaching November 22, 2009
By Milutin
This film documents events at a weeklong meeting held in Dharamsala, where the residence of the Dalai Lama in India is located. Some 40 intellectuals (from scientists over journalists to theologians) were invited to have a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and through synthesis of expertise make some suggestions for solving current world problems. For this reason they are called "the Synthesis group".

Coming with some experience in science and research myself, it was not hard to relate to people in the Synthesis group. For the most part of the movie, I was nodding in recognition of the individual personalities portrayed. Whether practical or romantic, eager or cautious, egotistic or altruistic, enthusiastic or sleepy... I have come across most of them many times in a similar setting of scientific meetings. Also, having been involved in many undertakings "from the ground up" in my life, I was also familiar with the practical difficulties that can arise when many people have a complete freedom to develop ideas in real time as a group.

So what unfolded during the actual Synthesis meeting was more sobering than surprising... to witness a group of very educated and smart people, that are obviously motivated, stumble so much in even talking to each other during just a few days!

What I haven't expected at all, but this movie uncovered, was a deeply hidden sadness within myself... Sadness from the realization that it is our "raw" behavior and lack of understanding that is preventing us from even getting started on solving problems of the world which could be tackled now with with means at hand, by application of compassion and cooperation that stems from it...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Loving All Things Dalai Lama
Although I love all things Dalai Lama, I was a little disappointed by this film. You can't beat the subject matter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
With humility, His Holiness the Dalai Lama in inviting all of these minds together to discuss critical issues, exposes their egos and shadows. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. A. Iyer
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Dalai Lama, 1 star for rest of 'smart' persons ego
This is only worth watching for the wisdom and heart of the Dalai Lama. Take a bunch of 'leaders' in different fields who are working in their field and spirituality, bring them... Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by MysticJaguar
3.0 out of 5 stars An Ocean of Compassion * * * ( * * )
The XIV Dalai Lama is one of the world's great moral leaders, and he makes DALAI LAMA RENAISSANCE shine. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Konrei
1.0 out of 5 stars All in this together
I can't really add much to the other one-star critiques but since I bought this DVD I'm going to vote. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by From the trenches
5.0 out of 5 stars Training the Ego
Volume one; The Dalai Lama Renaissance. This is the finest film that I have seen so far that reveals the unbounded ego in all of us. Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by Joan B. Farano
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dalai Lama - worlds most impactful giggler
No one but the Dalai Lama can impart such wisdom through giggling. He shows us all that being light hearted can be not only helpful but healthy at the same time. Read more
Published on November 28, 2010 by Lisa Zink, Collingwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Transformative, & Entertaining
I was prepared to learn and grow from the experience of watching filmmaker Khashyar Darvich's work "Dalai Lama Renaissance". Read more
Published on November 28, 2010 by Nora Herold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flim to add to the collection!!!
The Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford) is an incredible and insightful experience. I was able to attend a screening of this film that contained a discussion with... Read more
Published on November 23, 2010 by Noah
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Insightful.
The Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford) is an incredibly insightful film. It very humbly shows the power of ego in our world. Read more
Published on November 23, 2010 by Alli Hall
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