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3.0 out of 5 stars An Ocean of Compassion * * * ( * * ), March 19, 2012
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This review is from: Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford) (DVD)
The XIV Dalai Lama is one of the world's great moral leaders, and he makes DALAI LAMA RENAISSANCE shine. If this had been an extended filmed interview with His Holiness it would have been extraordinary.

That having been said, I've never come across a finer film where I can agree in equal measure with the Five Star and One Star reviews. I'm giving it Three Stars because it's a rating that represents something of a Middle Way between my respect for Tenzin Gyatso and my sense of disappointment in his guests.

The Dalai Lama invited a small army of people, presumptively the brightest minds in their fields, to come together in order to address the world's problems and arrive at workable solutions.

What we see is that without compassion and bound by the chains of ego, even the highest IQs on Earth are rendered relatively stupid in the face of the human condition. Members of the group debate their "right" to address His Holiness individually; the various subpanels argue over interesting but essentially irrelevant intellectual minutae; and a week after first meeting the "brightest minds in the world" come up with the shopworn idea of pressing for Tibetan independence by instituting a worldwide boycott of China to be led by the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness scuttles this idea outright as being uncompassionate toward the Chinese. His simple, softspoken Dharma talks which follow illuminate the minds of the assembled illuminati, leaving many of them in tears.

Ultimately, the lesson herein is that an open mind and an open heart are greater weapons than those possessed by empires.
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