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Watch Video: The Dalai Lama on Keeping Tradition

Watch a video clip from “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama,” a new documentary by filmmaker Rick Ray, opening August 31. Ray traveled to India to interview His Holiness, only to find out he didn’t have an interview scheduled. Ray later sent him an email (yes, the Dalai Lama has Internet access), and was granted a 45-minute interview to ask 10 questions–provided that the questions were sincere and serious. In this clip, the Dalai Lama talks about whether a society must give up its traditions to move into the future.
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What questions would you ask the Dalai Lama if you had the chance?

  • SuzanneWA

    I highly respect and honor the Dalai Lama. His views on keeping the old traditions and heritage of, at least, the Tibetans, were beautifully depicted in the video. However, he also showed the inequality of some traditions to keep people “under the radar” in their cultures – picture the widows unable to remarry under old religious laws. There remains this contradiction of keeping the old things, and embracing the new technologies. Imagine! The Dalai Lama having Internet access! But the world turns, and so must the old traditions. Keep them, for history and posterity; but don’t overshadow the need for Third World countries to come into the Twenty-First Century…

  • Anonymous

    I too respect the dalai lama and I think if you listen to what he says you will find that he too says keep some traditions and discard others like the inequality of women.I find no contradiction in him having internet access.By the way,the law about widows was not a tibetan buddhist law he was talking about but an Indian Hindu caste law. cheers

  • johnson chege mugo

    hallo there
    infact i have ever like dalai lama teachings .may the almight bless him so much.

  • Joy

    What a wonderful trailer! Your question was profound and, as said HH The Dalai Lama, important. His answer was concise and wise, as always. I can’t wait to see the movie!
    I produce Green Expos and teach Tibetan Meditation. Would be interested in distributing this movie.
    Bless you on your work.
    Joy

  • Cyd Alper-Sedgwick

    I always turn to the teachings of this wonderful man when I cannot make sense of the rest of the world…my ambition one day is to sit in the same room as him and ask him…Did he have any idea when he was fleeing Tibet that he would be a speaker on the world stage, and that by the very act of losing his home and country, he would touch so many people with his wisdom? H eis an example of extreme personal loss and true survival, with forgiveness.
    I am still struggling with it!

  • Nancy Milano

    I thank you for sharing this with me…and sending me a Daily Wisdom. I sometimes include them in my emails to fellow peace activists. Namaste. His Holiness is a forward-thinking, and thoughtful man; but do not mistake it for anything other than what it is.

  • Hong Ching

    He is the Dalai Lama… Fondly remember during an interview that he was asked about ‘looking at what is happening in the world now, will human go to heaven or hell’. ‘Heaven’, he replied in the next second. Always get inspired after listening to his messages or answers to others. So, will definitely watch the movie!

  • nancy mcgowan

    at last, a leader to really believe in and trust. with love.

  • nahid

    namasste
    i am iranian and i love buddha relegius , i want you been my frind and you send message for me about buddha.
    4 years ago i study about buddha , so i feel i sould been buddhism if i want recive to happiness.
    i think always to buddha and metods that is same buddha
    i want been num((f)monk).
    please send me message.
    thank you
    nahid

  • kate campbell

    I was wondering if the official dress of the monk requires that they wear any undergarments. I can’t help but wonder this as a westerner. If the arms are naked, is everything else underneath naked too?

  • sushuddha

    I spent three years as a Buddhist monk, during which westerners asked me, with surprising frequency, whether or not I was wearing underwear. I never replied yes or no. I was then, and am still now, bewildered by the degree to which western women (I was never asked this question by a man, now that I think of it) desire to know whether or not monks are wearing skivvies. What’s with that?

  • Ngawangchodron

    I can’t really say with authority about monks in general, but I used to do gardening for a Tibetan Buddhist monk, who has passed away, and have folded up his long underwear when it came out of the drier.

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