In our celebrity-driven society, filmmakers are partly responsible for this rapid growth in awareness, by creating serious works influenced by Buddhist tenets or by publicly recognizing its potential benefits.
Martin Scorsese, the screenwriter Melissa Mathison and other artistic types voice their thoughts in "Refuge".
...Buddhist nuns and the Dalai Lama is much more commanding, as they reveal that Easterners, too, have found sanctuary in the other side, traveling more frequently to the West to share their views and to open meditation centers.
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Talking With the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses a variety of rarely discussed topics related to the current state of Buddhism in a live discussion held in the Buddhist high priest's living room in Dharamsala, India.
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"Talking with the Dalai Lama", devotes its entire length to a wide-ranging Q&A with Tibetan Buddhism's leader. Radiating spiritual discipline and a profound sense of laughter in both films, His Holiness is surely his faith's best advertisement. (Opens Fri; Quad.)
Three Stars * * *
By Jay Carr review
...In a world beset by confusion and chaos, they have valuable perspectives to offer, especially when the Dalai Lama is doing the talking.
His message of compassion and the need for humanity to tame its unruly side resonates powerfully. So does his determination to demystify himself.
...His story was depicted in the film "Kundun," written by one American Buddhist, Melissa Matheson, and directed by another, Martin Scorsese.
They and Oliver Stone add a measure of sincerity to the story of Buddhism's appeal to Westerners. Without belaboring the point, "Refuge" makes clear that while the West offered refuge to the Dalai Lama and other Tibetans in exile, they returned the gesture by offering Westerners a spiritual haven.
By Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
...By placing interviews with such famous filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Oliver Stone alongside interviews with such Buddhist figures as Tibetan meditation master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Shambhala leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, English Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Tenzin Palmo, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Halpern underscores the state of Buddhism in the Western world, and looks in on those who have journeyed to the West to see how far they have come in both their spiritual and physical travels.
TORONTO (CP) - Some 30 minutes into John Halpern's documentary film Refuge, one can't help but feel drawn toward Tibetan Buddhism amid the numerous images of westerners embracing the faith in spiritually adrift North America.
That is, until the Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of the ancient eastern practice, provides a frank piece of advice for Christians, Jews and Muslims flirting with Buddhism.
Stick with your own beliefs.
By Andrew O'Hehir