Can’t say I’m the biggest Dalai Lama fan, but I just read this and it hit me like a lightning bolt.
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:
Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
The Dalai Lama hour-long interview with Charlie Rose. The first 8 minutes or so has snippets from a Washington D.C. science conference he spoke at (as well as some bits from interviews with Richard Gere and Robert Thurman)
Tenzin Gyatso, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama – here’s his wikipedia page.
Beautifully done documentary that gives you a snapshot into the average Tibetan life, as well as insight into the life of an up and coming Buddhist monk. Very cool.
For the first time, the BBC has been able to film inside Tibet unsupervised by Chinese authorities to bring you this bold, compelling and highly topical series.
Isolated in the midst of the world’s highest mountains, the Himalayas, Tibet is one of the most remote and least accessible places on the planet. This series focuses on the medieval town of Gyantse and the beautiful Baijin monastery. It is both an intimate observation of a society and a compelling insight into how Tibetans cope with living under imposed Chinese Communist rule. Gyantse is a town of two halves: part jumble of tiny streets with traditional wooden houses, part modern commercial centre – an intriguing mix of the ancient and the modern. Here cows, bikes, intrepid travellers in ancient buses and 4×4’s jostle each other along the potholed streets.
Through a handful of powerful and engaging characters, follow the reality of daily life for ordinary people living in an extraordinary place. From the hotelier struggling to attract more tourists; to the 13 year old novice monk trying to pass his exams; to the young girl who doesn’t find out until her wedding day that she is to be married to two brothers.