Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dalai Lama Renaissance |
narrated by Harrison Ford
Actors: Dalai Lama, Harrison Ford, Michael Beckwith, Fred Alan Wolf, Amit Goswami
Genres: Special Interests
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Lisa Atkinson | LA, California | 01/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I waited for some time to pass before reviewing this film, so my words would carry with them the full impact of my personal experience. I saw the film in the theatre and well as on DVD - both experiences created impact. In this review I am not going to plea with you to watch or buy these films, I am going to gently support you to exert your free will to focus in on your own life. In the course of making your Self the star of your own life story, as well as the director, audience and reviewer - I hope you also become the center of your own universe. I don't mean in a new-age-kinda-way, but in a simple every-day-kinda-way like eating, sleeping, taking bathroom breaks and breathing. I hope time with your Self becomes so essentially a part of your day, that soon without any effort giving to your Self becomes the norm, the standard from which you rule and govern your Self. Okay, so now we get to the reason why I chose to watch this film, more than once. I knew if The Dalai Lama was in the film, then there would be giggling - laughing is on my Daily-Must-List. I knew there would be no lectures from The Dalai, he tends to get bored with the sound of his own voice, and so starts to giggle. True behavior of a role model is not taking one's Self seriously, and telling you to model your own life behavior around being aware of what roles you are inauthentically playing ... in other words role modeling is not something encouraged, but catching & ending the role playing is. This film is a brilliant illustration of that life-giving, and life revitalizing technique - CPR for the heart that stopped from daily living life inauthentically.
I think what Khashyar Darvich, the director of the film, achieves in the making of Dalai Lama Renaissance is capturing on film a whole room of egos teamed up to learn about the "acting out", and illusionary " role playing", needed to work out the world's problems by being outside-of-our-Selves to accomplish any task. The Director accomplishes the task of silently moving the camera around the room picturing The Dalai going quietly inward to create ... in silence, no role playing, no acting ... no matter how many 'Great Minds' are sharing the same exterior room ... The Dalai moves inward to be alone within his interior, then with an insight, he moves quietly outward to participate with those 'Great MInds' by offering directional questions to guide them within. He was mindful enough to not offer them answers, he seemed aware that his greatest impact on the 'Great Minds' was to provide an alternative to them by his example... the alternative was how not to use a great mind to solve the world's problems. The difference between mind and ego was captured on film.
I watched The Dalai guide the 'Great Minds' to drop their mind, while giggling to the camera so the director could capture on film the giddy realization that we are all equal, equally intelligent within our own personal universe ... leader of our personal space, leader of own personal self-realization and enlightened by the power of our daily choices. I think that Khashyar and his film making team created a space in the room for us the audience members to be silently present at the "how to create a better world retreat" ... and that is the treat ... that as audience members we get to be silently sitting in the room with The Dalai ... witnessing and observing what is going on in the still room inside us, within ... as we watch the room outside us full of the chaos of the 'Great Minds' in their minds trying to solve problems.
We become the World's Greatest Minds by experiencing what The Dalai experiences everyday by understanding the power of his choices ... 'how to be silent inward observers of the outside-us-illusion-of-intelligence', and that the biggest illusion is that 'other people's intelligence rules or governs us'. We are invited and treated to participate in this workshop, as the silent majority, and so we are reminded of our essential importance as the quiet many.. and very effect power of our being the quiet 'One'.
I think the film and it's creators capture the importance of being 'the one who is present', 'the one who is silent', 'the one who is peace-full', and 'the one not attached to their mind'. I felt, after witnessing these events outside me, 'the film', and then witnessing the events within me, 'my growth' - i felt that what changes the world each day is the NOT the 'effort' of trying' to make a contribution, 'trying to be seen', 'trying to be heard', 'neediness', 'compulsion' and 'competition' to be members-of-the-elite-mental-class, BUT I felt more deeply convinced that my world alters when I am, I am simply being my Self, my-class-of-One ... governing my own humanity, my own personal ethics ... the standard bearer writer, director, and star-creator of my own personal life story.
The world is altered by huge egos with vast intelligence, and lucky for us all, the world is also altered by any and all things that co-create any and all things. By design all of the intelligence of the entire universe is within each one of us in equal amounts. Now, how we as the artists of our own story, interact with our own unique intelligence, is our own personal focus and choice. I chose to watch this movie in silence, and observe my Self grow. What shows on screen in this film is that the filmmakers grew, The Dalai grew, and that in making the film the focus and choice of the filmmakers grew ... and continues to grow by creating space for us the silent majority to witness and grow. How nice is it that a film is made with the intention that the audience grow, and so we grow in spite of our Selves from the experience of watching this filmed event. That level of caring and commitment to deliver to the audience a gift, deserves an award ... but these filmmakers do not have huge egos even though they carry the intelligence of the entire universe within ... Lucky for us receivers of their gifts, their wisdom and care-giving shows, and, lucky for us there are filmmakers who actually care about how their work impacts the world, betters the world and benefits the people sharing the same planet with them. Peace, Love and Happiness is a winning combination of elements from which to craft a story. Let it be your story too. I hope when you watch this story that you will also see your Self grow. Be well and may peace be within you - and NOT governed by those around you."
It's a must to see film
Olga P. Feldman | Los Angeles CA | 01/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are no fancy special effects in this film, but it grabs and holds your attention. That's the power of the true art."