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  • My Land and My People: The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet (1997)
    Written by the Dalai Lama as a young man in exile, this dignified testament re-creates the miraculous search that identified him as the reincarnated leader of his country. It paints a rare, intimate portrait of Tibetan Buddhism, a way of life that would end with a terrifying foreign invasion surpassing sanity and reason. And it reveals the evolution of a man from gentle monk to a world leader, one struggling to this day to free his country one able to touch our hearts with the goodness that makes him one of the most beloved men of our time.

  • How to See Yourself As You Really Are (2007, 2006) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D.
    Like the two wings of a bird, love and insight work cooperatively to bring about enlightenment, says a fundamental Buddhist teaching. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we each possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge. In How to See Yourself As You Really Are, the world's foremost Buddhist leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize shows readers how to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic -- and loving -- perspective.

    Step-by-step exercises help readers shatter their false assumptions and ideas and see the world as it actually exists. By directing our attention to the false veneer that so bedazzles our senses and our thoughts, His Holiness sets the stage for discovering the reality behind appearances. But getting past one's misconceptions is only a prelude to right action, and the book's final section describes how to harness the power of meditative concentration to the service of love, and vice versa, so that true altruistic enlightenment is attained.

    Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's own life experiences, How to See Yourself As You Really Are is an inspirational and empowering guide to achieving self-awareness that can be read and enjoyed by spiritual seekers of all faiths.

  • How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships (2005) by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and JeffreyHopkins, Ph.D.
    In our quest for true happiness and fulfillment during the course of our lives, nothing is more essential than giving and receiving love. But how well do we understand love's extraordinarily transformative powers? Can we really cultivate and appreciate its priceless gifts?

    In How to Expand Love, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers a simple yet illuminating program for transforming self-centered energy into outwardly directed compassion. Drawing on exercises and techniques established in Tibetan monasteries more than a thousand years ago, the Dalai Lama guides us through seven key stages.

    First, we learn ways to move beyond our self-defeating tendency to put others into rigid categories. We discover how to create and maintain a positive attitude toward those around us, in ever-widening circles. By reflecting on the kindnesses that close friends have shown us, particularly in childhood, we learn to reciprocate and help other people achieve their own long-term goals. And in seeking the well-being of others, we foster compassion, the all-encompassing face of love.

    In this accessible and insightful book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama helps us to open our hearts and minds to the experience of unlimited love, transforming every relationship in our lives and guiding us ever closer to wisdom and enlightenment.

  • The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality  (2005)
    Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality?

    After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual and philosophical study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why both disciplines must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Science shows us ways of interpreting the physical world, while spirituality helps us cope with reality. But the extreme of either is impoverishing. The belief that all is reducible to matter and energy leaves out a huge range of human experience: emotions, yearnings, compassion, culture. At the same time, holding unexamined spiritual beliefs–beliefs that are contradicted by evidence, logic, and experience–can lock us into fundamentalist cages.

    Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examination of reality. “I believe that spirituality and science are complementary but different investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth,” His Holiness writes. “In this, there is much each may learn from the other, and together they may contribute to expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom.”

    This breathtakingly personal examination is a tribute to the Dalai Lama’s teachers–both of science and spirituality. The legacy of this book is a vision of the world in which our different approaches to understanding ourselves, our universe and one another can be brought together in the service of humanity.

  • The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Journeys and Conversations (2004) with Victor Chan
    The most intimate conversation yet with the world's most famous holy man.

    When Victor Chan first visited the Dalai Lama in the 1970s, he assumed that, since he is a member of the race responsible for destroying Tibet, the Dalai Lama would treat him with disdain. Instead, they developed a close relationship, out of which Victor was able to pose some of the most personal questions ever asked of or answered by the Dalai Lama.

    From the conversations in The Wisdom of Forgiveness, we discover under which circumstances the Dalai Lama believes he could be capable of violence; how the experience of profound spiritual insight feels in the body and mind; how he learned to love those who anyone else would consider an enemy; what his personal fears are; what the heart of a holy man looks like in medical tests; and how a highly developed spiritual person experiences pain.

    The Wisdom of Forgiveness takes these two friends on journeys from India to Ireland; from the former Czechoslovakia to a pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites. If you've ever wondered why we love the Dalai Lama so much, this book makes it clear by placing us in the presence of a great being.

  • Buddhist Himalayas (2002) , Photographs by Danielle Follmi, Matthieu Ricard, and Olivier Follmi, with a contribution by the Dalai Lama
    This spectacular book invites the reader on a journey to a faraway exotic land-and into one's own heart and soul. The beauty of the majestic Himalayan countryside, of the Tibetan people-spiritual masters and humble shepherds alike-and of their sacred places all inspire a desire to look within, in search of an understanding of the essence of Buddhism and the Himalayan spirit.

    Contributions by eminent specialists on Tibetan culture-from the noted photographer Galen Rowell to the Dalai Lama himself-illuminate the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. Glorious photographs of the Himalayas combine with the text to form a harmonious mosaic of this uniquely spiritual mountaintop civilization.

  • How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life (2001) by Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins
    As human beings, we possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers begin the path to enlightenment in a very special book -- an easy-access reference for daily practice as well as stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom of His Holiness.

    How to Practice will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, maintaining mental tranquility, and more. Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers of all faiths toward enlightenment, this accessible book is a constant and daily companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. The Dalai Lama shows us how to overcome our everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking. Imbued with His Holiness' vivacious spirit and sense of playfulness, How to Practice offers the Dalai Lama's own sage and very practical insight into the human psyche and what binds us all together.

  • Ethics for the New Millennium (1999)
    Here is a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual regardless of religious belief. Though the Dalai Lama is himself a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us-Muslim, Christian, Jew, or Atheist-to a happier, more fulfilling life.

  • The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom (1999), Renuka Singh, ed.
    A guide and an inspiration for every day of the year, from a leading spiritual figure of our times

    The Dalai Lama, a living symbol of holiness and selfless triumph over tribulation, has shared his philosophy of peace with today's turbulent world. Yet rarely do we hear him speak with such directness, intimacy, and immediacy as in this collection of daily quotations drawn from his own writings, teachings, and interviews. The Path to Tranquility, a fresh, wonderfully accessible introduction to his inspirational wisdom, offers words of guidance, compassion, and peace. It covers almost every aspect of human life, secular and religious--happiness, loneliness, enlightenment, suffering, and anger--with endearing informality, warmth, and practicality. How can we resolve painful memories? Awaken our minds with meditation? Heal by expressing our inner conflicts? Overcome ignorance, self-delusion, and excessive attachments? Here, day by day, are answers as down to earth as they are rich in spirit.

    Elegantly designed and hand-sized, The Path to Tranquility includes a special foreword by His Holiness on the power of compassion, meditation, and personal responsibility. It is a gift to be treasured by the novice and seasoned practitioner alike.

  • The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living (1998) by Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
    Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is towards happiness." How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.

  • Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Bhddhist Perspective (1997)

  • A Path to Happiness: His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2006)
    Considered one of the greatest influencers of our time, the Dalai Lama has spent his life teaching people how to be happy. Being happy is not only our right, he teaches, but is clearly the principle force that drives our lives. Our ability to attain a lasting happiness, however, is not so clear. The path of inner transformation begins with developing an understanding of our true nature. Once this door opens, one naturally develops a feeling of compassion and acceptance for oneself and others. In these difficult times, people are looking for answers to finding inner peace and happiness and arguably the greatest teacher shares important insights to getting there.

  • Harmony in Diversity: How to Move From Conflict to Compassion  (2006)
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    Join the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet at New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, for an extraordinary live presentation as the Dalai Lama offers a far-reaching vision of the universal harmony that awaits in the celebration of diversity. In an amazing message of compassion and wisdom, the Dalai Lama speaks of personal and universal themes.

    Our future is dependent on our ability to build relationships and communities that bind us to common aspirations. Our world is, in his words, "a human garden," beautiful because many different flowers grow in it. To help it grow, the Dalai Lama urges us to foster caring and respect for the many spiritual and cultural traditions in our world.

    Only by nurturing and teaching our children and each other, and protecting the world we share, will we move from a "century of violence" to a new "century of dialog" in which individual efforts create a mass movement toward a world of lasting peace and freedom.

  • His Holiness The Dalai Lama's Visit to Woodstock (2006)
    September 21, 2006 was the United Nations Day of Peace, andWoodstock NewYork was fortunate to have a visit on that day froma simple monk who is one of the leading spokesmen for peace and understanding in our human world: His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This DVD chronicles both his public talk in the town of Woodstock and an extensive Buddhist teaching and ceremony at KTD Monastery, the sponsor of the visit. In his public talk, His Holiness focused on two main themes. First, he spoke of loving kindness and compassion as basic human values, values that are not particularly religious teachings but rather something fundamental to everything that we cherish in life. The second theme was understanding among religious traditions. His Holiness expressed his respect and appreciation of all major traditions in today's world, and urged us to see what is universal among them, especially the cultivation of loving kindness and compassion. The following day,His Holiness gave the initiation of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, at KTD to an assemblage of over 500 people. He prefaced the ceremony with a long and very erudite Buddhist teaching, touching on essential points of Dharma, Buddhist history, and logic. In these two extraordinary talks in less than 24 hours, His Holiness showed us two key facets of his [activity] in this world: his work for peace and reconciliation on a basic human level, and his qualities as a remarkable Buddhist teacher.

  • Sacred Tibet - The Path to Mount Kailash (2006)
    Experience this theatrical edition of the combined stories of the award-winning PBS documentaries "Journey Inside Tibet" and "Mount Kailash - Return To Tibet," narrated by Kris Kristofferson. Witness the Filmmaker's untold story of entering Chinese occupied Tibet - the story that was not revealed in the PBS versions. It has taken seven years to complete "Sacred Tibet - The Path To Mount Kailash." Includes Bonus Features: Dalai Lama speaking about Mt. Kailash and Paul Horn playing inside the Potala Palace.

  • Talking With the Dalai Lama (2006)
    John Halpern and Les Levine, directors
    A Rare Audience With His Holiness The Dalai Lama A never-before-seen audience with the 14th Dalai Lama that touches on topics we have never heard him respond to. This is a unique opportunity to experience His Holiness talking about the most intimate and detailed aspects of his life and meditation. Filmed in his living room in Dharamsala, India, it's as though the Dalai Lama speaks personally to everyone watching. The feeling is both disarming and touching. His Holiness is a great storyteller and some of his views on religion and the West are surprising, even shocking, as example, "To change religion is very harmful sometimes... It may create more confusion!"

  • Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (2006)
    Graham Coleman, director with The Fourteenth Dalai Lama
    This documentary was hailed as a masterpiece following its first release in 1979. Digitally re-mastered, with new material and a new commentary, Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy takes you on an intimate journey deep into the heart of an ancient Buddhist world. Four years in the making and hailed as a cinematic masterpiece in 1979, writer/director Graham Coleman's three-part feature has been unseen for over 20 years. Now, the film has been reworked into a single presentation, complete with digital restoration of the original material and new commentary. Part 1 is an intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama as a spiritual and temporal leader. Part 2 journeys deep into the mystical inner world of monastic life and presents an authentic revelation of tantric Buddhism, with commentaries by the great 20th century master Dudjom Rinpoche. Part 3, photographed in the awesome landscapes of Ladakh, is a meditation on impermanence and the depiction of the monastery's moving ritual response to a death in the community. DVD Extras: An interview with Graham Coleman (Writer & Director) and David Lascelles (Producer) Plus a complete stereo recording of A Beautiful Ornament the protective ritual which forms the heart of Part II of the Trilogy.

  • AM/PM Yoga For Beginners with The Dalai Lama & 10 Routines (2007)

  • 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)

  • Yoga for Stress Relief (With The Dalai Lama) (2006)
    How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. This is his story, as told and filmed by Rick Ray during a private visit to his monastery in Dharamsala, India over the course of several months. Also included is rare historical footage as well as footage supplied by individuals who at great personal risk, filmed with hidden cameras within Tibet. Part biography, part philosophy, part adventure and part politics, "10 Questions for The Dalai Lama" conveys more than history and more than answers - it opens a window into the heart of an inspiring man. If you had only one hour, what would you ask?

  • Compassion In Exile (2005)
    Mickey Lemle, director
    Compassion In Exile is an intimate portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Inherent in the life story of this Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the saga of the suffering of the Tibetan people under Chinese occupation.

    For over forty years the Dalai Lama has waged a non-violent struggle in exile to bring attention to the plight of his people and save their unique culture and religion. He is the embodiment of the ideal of his Buddhist heritage and practice, and his life story is an inspiring lesson in compassion and peace.

  • Dalai Lama on Life and Enlightenment (2005)

  • Refuge (2005)
    John Halpern, director

  • The H. H. Dalai Lama: The Six Paramitas  (2005)
    A guide to freedom, wisdom, joy and harmony in life.

  • Discovering Buddhism: Awakening the Limitless Potential of Your Mind, Achieving All Peace and Happiness (2004)
    Christina Lundberg, director with Dalai Lama,  Keanu Reeves, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Richard Gere

  • Ethics and the World Crisis - A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama (2004)
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    Featuring: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Amy Goodman, Dennis Kucinich, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Rev. Al Shapton, Robert Thurman,  Russell Simmons, and Susan Sarandon

  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead (A Way of Life / The Great Liberation) (2004)
    Barrie McLean, director with Leonard Cohen and Ram Dass
    Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.

    • Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance.

    • Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.

  • Wheel of Time (2003)
    Werner Herzog, director with The Dalai Lama (XIV) and Thupten Tsering
    Wheel of Time is acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog's (Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo) gorgeously photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India. It is said that Buddha found enlightenment under a tree in Bodh Gaya and today, Buddhist monks are ordained in this holy place. Herzog magically captures the lengthy pilgrimage (which for some, is over 3,000 miles), the monk's creation of the beautiful and intricate sand mandala (the wheel of time) along with many secret rituals that have never been seen before on film. He delivers a personal and introspective look at what Buddhism really means to its most ardent followers, as well as giving outsiders an intimate look into a fascinating way of life.

  • Tibetan Refugee (2001)
    With Robert A.F. Thurman and The Dalai Lama (XIV)
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    Every year 4000 refugees take the arduous trek over the Himalayas to come to Dharamsala in northern India, the home of the Tibetan Government-In Exile and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. While the Chinese government claims there is no religious persecution in Tibet, in this insightful expose, the refugees recount the torture and misery which led them to forsake their family and country to flee into exile. Grammy award-winning singer Yungchen Lhamo tells her family’s harrowing tale and is introduced for her concert in Central Park by Buddhist scholar, Robert Thurman (Uma’s father).

  • His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama: Ethics for a New Millennium (1999)
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    In this talk at the Royal Albert Hall in London before an audience of more than 5,000 people, the Dalai Lama speaks of the necessity for an ethical basis in our lives.

  • The Good Heart - A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (1998)
    The year one of the world's most beloved spiritual teachers, the Dalai Lama, first prayed in Jerusalem and Lourdes as an interfaith pilgrim, 1994 was also the year when he led an historic discussion, "The Good Heart", for the tenth annual John Main Seminar in London. At the seminar, the World community for Christian Meditation brought Christians and Buddhists together to experience enlightened dialogue between religions, conducted with respect, reverence, humility, humor and the spirit of friendship. And for the first time, the Dalai Lama commented extensively on the Christian Gospels as a Buddhist monk, establishing a model for all future dialogue between the World's religions. In this unprecedented video series, the Dalai Lama examines well-known passages from each of the four Christian Gospels, providing a unique reading of these familiar sources of faith. He insists on the need to see the fundamental differences between Buddhism and Christianity, such as over the idea of God. But he also highlights the "striking similarities and parallels" between the lives of the founders, their teachings on non-violence and the progressive stages of spiritual development.

    • Day One: St. Matthew's Gospel

    • Day Two: St. Mark's Gospel
      On the second day of the 1994 John Main Seminar, His Holiness reads from Chapter 3 of the Gospel acording to St. Mark, elaborating on Human Oneness and the Willing of God, and from Chapter 4, The Kingdom of God. A panel discussion follows the Dalai Lama's comments.

    • Day Three: St. Luke's Gospel
      On the third day of the 1994 John Main Seminar, His Holiness reads from Chapter 9 of the Gospel according to St. Luke, elaborating on The Transfiguration and The Mission. A panel discussion follows the Dalai Lama's comments.

    • Day 4: St. John's Gospel
      On the fourth day of the 1994 John Main Seminar, His Holiness reads from Chapter 12 of the Gospel according to St. John, elaborating on Faith in Jesus, and from Chapter 20, The Resurrection. A panel discussion follows the Dalai Lama's comments, and highlights from the corresponding Interfaith Festival and featured.

  • H.H. The Dalai Lama On Campus (1997)

  • Dalai Lama: Human Rights & Moral Practice  (1996)

  • The Dalai Lama - The Four Noble Truths (1995)
    Vere Lorrimer, director with Gareth Thomas and Sally Knyvette
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  • Dalai Lama: Arising From the Flames (1994)
    In September, 1993, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to an audience of 5000 in Tucson, Arizona on the overcoming of anger through patience. This video is a recording of this important teaching, entirely in the Dalai Lama's own words. The Dalai Lama speaks of positive and negative desire and how through training we can reduce anger and hatred and increase love and forgiveness. Negative emotions are harmful not only for you but for the society and for the future of the whole world. He speaks of the possibility for change and transformation and of how in the changing of society, first must come the change of the individual. The Dalai Lam talks of the many methods for sustaining a calm mind and tells how in his own difficult circumstances he does so.

  • Overcoming Differences (1991)
    Twelve thousand people gathered on the Cornell University campus to hear this extraordinary talk by the Dalai Lama of Tibet, winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. Against a striking backdrop in Cornell's cavernous Barton Hall, the Dalai Lama delivered his impassioned, moving address to this large and receptive audience. Wit and warmth blended with serious purpose in an appeal to realize that the only hope for real world peace is to recognize the "oneness of humanity." Speaking as a Cornell Bartels Worlds Affair Fellow, the Dalai Lama's message brought numerous ovations. This video cassette also features Tibetan flutist Ngawang Kechog, and shows scenes of a sand mandala and other events during the Dalai Lama, visit inaugurating the "Year of Tibet" in North America.

  • Dalai Lama: Heart of Tibet (1960)
    With Mario Alcalde and Roger Smith

  • From Fragmentation to Wholeness (Date?)
    With Dalai Lama XIV and Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho

  • Save Tibet! (Date?)
    An incredible plea for the salvation of a nation and its unique population. His Holiness speaks almost entirely in English without a translator.

  • His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama: Searching for God in America (Date?)

  • Insight from the Dalai Lama: 2008 Day-to-Day Calendar (2007) by Andrews McMeel
    His Holiness often says, "I am just a simple Buddhist monk-no more, nor less." His message may be simple, but it has affected millions of people worldwide who aspire to live with more strength, serenity, and discipline, according to his teachings. In this calendar, the Dalai Lama inspires with a daily uplifting quote on topics such as peace, patience, and caring for others. The Dalai Lama has said that happiness is an art to pursue. Like any art, the art of happiness requires study and practice-and the talent for it, he assures us, is in our nature.

See also (Books):
  • Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic (2007) by Mayank Chhaya
    Written with the full cooperation of the Dalai Lama, this fascinating, up-to-date biography at once captures the public persona and enduring mystery behind one of the world’s most important spiritual leaders.

    In 1997, the Indian journalist Mayank Chhaya was authorized by the Dalai Lama to write about his life and times. The only authorized biographer who is not a Buddhist, Chhaya conducted more than a dozen personal interviews with the Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj in India’s Himalayan north, home to Tibet’s government-in-exile. In Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic he presents an in-depth, insightful portrait of a figure of perennial interest to people all over the world.

    Chhaya writes about Tibet and the Buddhist tradition from which the Dalai Lama emerged, helping readers understand the context that shaped his beliefs, politics, and ideals. Adding depth and : The : The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet : The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet nuance to his portrait, Chhaya depicts the Dalai Lama in the light of his life in exile and the various roles he has had to assume for his followers. He sheds light on the highly complex conflict between China and Tibet, and offers insights into the growing discontent among young Tibetans who are frustrated with the nonviolent approach to Chinese occupation that the Dalai Lama advocates.

    A balanced, informative view of the Dalai Lama and his work, this biography is both a compelling profile of a remarkable spiritual leader and his mission, and an engaging look at how the current unrest in his country will affect its future.

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama: The Oral Biography (2005)

  • The Essential Dalai Lama: His Important Teachings (2005) by Rajiv Mehrotra
    An inspiration to millions of people worldwide, the Dalai Lama has long wanted one book that he could recommend as a basic sourcebook for his essential ideas. Now, for the first time, The Essential Dalai Lama brings together the best of the Dalai Lama’s writings on all aspects of life from work to meditation. Divided into four sections—The Vision, Buddhist Perspectives, Practice, A World in Harmony—The Essential Dalai Lama contains eloquent applications of the principles of ancient Buddhist thought to contemporary issues, all expressed in the Dalai Lama’s uniquely compelling voice. Covering topics such as the quest for human happiness, foundations of Buddhism, Karma, focusing the mind, ethics and society, the Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, and much more, The Essential Dalai Lama will be the perfect gift for anyone who wishes to have one source for the Dalai Lama’s teachings or who seeks an introduction to the philosophy and practice of Buddhism.

  • Self Improvement: The Top 101 Experts Who Help Us Improve Our Lives (2004) by David Riklan
    The amount of resources available to help you improve your life is vast. Yet the self-help process does not have to be intimidating. Described as the "Encyclopedia" of Self Improvement, this useful reference guide narrows down the top experts in the field and sorts through their great supply of products and information.

    Includes information on Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy,
    Carlos Castaneda, Dalai Lama, Dale Carnegie, Dave Pelzer, Eckhart Tolle, Iyanla Vanzant, John Gray, John Maxwell, Kahlil Gibran, Ken Blanchard, L. Ron Hubbard, Laura Schlessinger, Les Brown, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Mitch Albom, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Og Mandino, Paulo Coelho, Phillip C. McGraw (Dr. Phil), Rick Warren, Robert Allen, Robert Kiyosaki, Stephen Covey, Sylvia Browne, Wayne Dyer, Zig Ziglar plus 70 more.

  • Essence of the Heart Sutra: The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings (2002, Tenzin Gyatso, translator and editor

  • Dalai Lama, My Son (2000) by Diki Tsering
    In this fascinating memoir the Dalai Lama's mother tells a compelling woman's story. With vivid and intimate details, she recounts her life's humble beginning, the customs and rituals of old Tibet, the births of her sixteen children (only seven of whom survived), learning her son's remarkable destiny, the family's arduous move to Lhasa before the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and their escape and eventual exile. Rich in historic and cultural details, this moving memoir personalizes the history of the Tibetan people-the magic of their culture, the role of their women, and their ancient ideals of compassion, faith, and equanimity.

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  • The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (March 25, 2008 release) by Pico Iyer
    One of the most acclaimed and perceptive observers of globalism and Buddhism now gives us the first serious consideration—for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike—of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher.

    Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father’s) for the last three decades—an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness. Now, in this insightful, impassioned book, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama’s position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology. He is a religious leader who warns against being needlessly distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his everyday humanity.

    Moving from Dharamsala, India—the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile—to Lhasa, Tibet, to venues in the West, where the Dalai Lama’s pragmatism, rigor, and scholarship are sometimes lost on an audience yearning for mystical visions, The Open Road illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon.

  • Monte Grande: What Is Life? (2007)
    Franz Reichle, director with Francisco Varela and H.H. Dalai Lama
    How is it possible for body and mind to exist as an integrated whole? The Chilean neurobiologist Francisco Varela devoted his entire life - from childhood to death to answering this question. The structure of the film is based on Varela's non-linear thinking and focuses on autopoiesis, ethics, consciousness, meditation and dying. The film also includes narrative accounts and reflections from Varela himself, his relatives, leading scientists, friends and thinkers, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Heinz von Foerster (the father of cybernetics), Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Evan Thompson, Anne Harrington, Humberto Maturana, etc. Three key concepts shape the film: the relationship between body and mind (embodiment), the meaning of self-responsibility (autonomy) and spirituality. DVD features include film stop to access additional information, 120 minutes of bonus interviews, topics and places, and the short, "Making Empanadas."

  • India: Northern Mystics (2007)

  • Tibet Hope (2007)
    "Hope has two children: anger and courage. Anger about the way things are, and the courage to change them." - Augustine "TIBET HOPE - it's like having been there yourself. Must see!" - Steffi Koerner, Vorstand, FAST TV-Sever, Munich, Germany Eleven years in the making, TIBET HOPE, featuring His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, chronicles the efforts of the Tibetan people to survive the invasion and occupation of their country by the Chinese government. In the words of His Holiness, "Some form of cultural genocide is taking place." This documentary explores key Tibetan settlements in Kodari, Nepal; Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile in India; and several other strongholds of Tibetan culture in India. Through interviews with monks and lay people, the continuous and systematic oppression of Tibetans and their culture is explored. A poignant interview with a former spiritual prisoner reveals the horrific torture inflicted by Chinese government agents on Buddhist monks. This film was produced not only to document the dire situation of the Tibetan people, but also to encourage international support for a people striving for freedom, self-determination, and the preservation of their unique culture. Production Notes: Music for the documentary was performed by Dhondup Namgyal Khorko a former envoy to Nepal for the Dalai Lama. Upon hearing of the project, Khorko asked to participate as a musician and flew to Alaska to record the soundtrack. Khorko is known for his performance on the Phillip Glass soundtrack of the Martin Scorsese film, Kundun. TIBET HOPE is the second film about Tibet by Bacon and Swenson. Their first, Tibet - A Moment in Time, was released in 1997. A long-time friend of Bacon, former Alaska Lt. Governor Lowell Thomas, Jr., narrated the film. Lowell is the 2005 co-recipient of the "Light of Truth" Award presented by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1949, Lowell and his father were invited by the Dalai Lama to visit Tibet. They were only the seventh and eighth Americans to ever visit Tibet and the last westerners to visit prior to the Chinese invasion.  

  • Visually and Respectfully Yours - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project (2007)

  • A Barbara Walters Special: Heaven - Where Is It? How Do We Get There?  (2006)
    George Paul, director with Barbara Walters and Richard Gere
    For centuries, man has looked to the heavens and asked the most simple, yet profound questions: Where is Heaven? How do we get there? Barbara Walters speaks with some of the world’s greatest religious leaders and scholars, including the Dalai Lama, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Dr. Calvin Butts, and Rabbi Neil Gillman about the differing views on Heaven the world’s religions hold. From Dharamsala, India, to the inside of Israeli prisons, and Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, viewers will be taken on a journey of heart and soul and mystery.

  • Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden - Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah (2006)
    Samael Aun Weor , director
    Temptation. The serpent. The expulsion from Paradise. Archetypal stories that have moved millions of human beings: but who has understood their real meaning? Theories abound, but humanity remains suffering in the wilderness. Now, the Esoteric Doctrine upon which all the world s great religions are grounded is revealed. Behold the Great Arcanum: the tremendous secret fiercely protected for centuries. Behold the true heart of all great religions and mystical traditions: the Path of the Razor's Edge, the exact science to awaken the Consciousness and free the soul from suffering. Discover the Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah hidden in the Mysteries of Adam and Eve. The road to return to Eden is revealed; it is time for man and woman to rectify their mistakes and return to their true home. This video contains no lewd or graphic imagery and is illustrated entirely by the worlds heritage of art. This video presents: the Universal Experience of Suffering and its Universal Remedy; the Secret Teachings of Jesus and Moses; The Tree of Life: Kabbalah; The Tree of Knowledge: Alchemy / Daath / Tantra; The Duality of the Serpent: Kundalini and Kundabuffer.

  • The Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas: A Pilgrimage to The Oracle Lake (2006)
    On this fascinating journey, you will explore the caves where the earily Buddhist masters achieved enlightenment. enter the monasteries where the early Dalai Lamas and the founders of Buddhism mediated and taught, and -at an altitude of over 16,000 feet - look into the remarkable Oralce Lake where every Dalai Lama has had prophetic visions.

  • Voices in Exile (2006)
    As the Tibetan people stand at the edge of extinction, "Voices in Exile" speaks out against the continued brutal policies of the Chinese government. Most film and photography on Tibet is from the Western eye looking in. "Voices in Exile," by first-time Tibetan director Tenzin Wangden Andrugtsang, presents the Tibetan exile community from the rarely seen Tibetan point of view. Never before seen footage includes many surprising interviews on the future of Tibet and inspiring accounts of life in exile. "Voices in Exile" has been produced in association with The Tibetan Photo Project. The Tibetan Photo Project offers the first collection of photos taken by Tibetans living in exile, images of the Dalai Lama, informational texts and rare 1932 pictures of Tibet The perspective provided from the modern history of Tibet and China reveals a great deal about the nature of China's future leadership. The lessons have become even more relevant with the rise to power by Hu Jintao, China's former hard-line secretary to Tibet.

  • Biography - Dalai Lama: The Soul of Tibet (2005)
    DVD  VHS 
    From a childhood in "Shangri-La" to a life in exile, BIOGRAPHY presents the journey of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

  • Charlie Rose with the Dalai Lama (November 16, 2005)

  • PeaceJam: Nobel Prize Winners Work With Youth (2004)
    Dennis Flippin, director with Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Aung San Suu Kyi, Betty Williams , Bishop Carlos Belo, Dr. Oscar Arias, Jody Williams, Jose Ramos-Horta, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, The Dalai Lama, and Rigoberta Menchu Tum
    DVD  VHS
    Six years in the making, PeaceJam is a harrowing and intimate look at the lives of five American teenagers growing up in a culture of violence, and the transformation that occurs when their lives are touched by both greatness and evil.

  • Short Cut To Nirvana (2004)
    Nick Day, director with Jasper Johal, andJustin Davis Director
    Every 12 years over 70 million pilgrims gather at the meeting of India's holiest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, for a spectacular spiritual festival: the Kumbh Mela. This documentary takes a voyage of discovery through this colorful event through the eyes of several Westerners and an ebullient young Hindu monk, Swami Krishnanand. Featuring encounters with some of India's most respected holy men and exclusive footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

  • Sun After Dark: Flights into the Foreign (2004) by Pico Iyer
    One of the best travel writers now at work in the English language brings back the sights and sounds from a dozen different frontiers. A cryptic encounter in the perfumed darkness of Bali; a tour of a Bolivian prison, conducted by an enterprising inmate; a nightmarish taxi ride across southern Yemen, where the men with guns may be customs inspectors or revolutionaries–these are just three of the stops on Pico Iyer’s latest itinerary.
    But the true subject of Sun After Dark is the dislocations of the mind in transit. And so Iyer takes us along to meditate with Leonard Cohen and talk geopolitics with the Dalai Lama. He navigates the Magritte-like landscape of jet lag, “a place that no human had ever been until forty or so years ago.” And on every page of this poetic and provocative book, he compels us to redraw our map of the world.

  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life / The Great Liberation (2004)
    Barrie McLean, director with Leonard Cohen and Ram Dass
    Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book's meaning and importance. Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.

  • Peace One Day (2003)
    Jeremy Gilley, director with Kofi Annan and The Dalai Lama (XIV)

  • The Yogis of Tibet (2003)

  • Naqoyqatsi (2002)
    MOVIE:  Godfrey Reggio, director with Elton John,and Jeff Maksym
    DVD  VHS
    Miramax Home Entertainment and Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Best Director, TRAFFIC, 2000) present NAQOYQATSI ("Life As War"), from filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, in collaboration with composer Phillip Glass, whose original score features renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In this cinematic concert -- the concluding film of the Qatsi Trilogy preceded by the critically acclaimed KOYAANISQATSI ("Life Out Of Balance"), and POWAQQATSI ("Life In Transformation") -- mesmerizing images reanimated from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques, chronicle the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic, and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope, fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique artistic experience that reflects Reggio's visions of a brave new globalized world.

  • Tibet's Stolen Child (2000)
    Robin Garthwait, director with Jose Ramos Horta and Mairead Maguire with Patrick Stewart, narrator
    Together with some of the greatest peacemakers of our time, a young filmmaker searches for the truth about Tibet's Panchen Lama, a boy whose fate could affect the destiny of a country struggling to avoid the destruction of its spiritual traditions.

    A young boy, the Panchen Lama, is the center of a swirling storm of international controversy. Identified by the Dalai Lama as Tibet's second highest spiritual leader, this child was kidnapped by the Chinese government just days after the Dalai Lama's announcement.

    Compelling personal accounts by six Nobel Peace Laureates and others show how this is not only a story of Tibet and a small boy ... it is a story of the world.  

  • The Knowledge of Healing (1997)
    Franz Reichle, director
    Includes an interview with the 14th Dalai Lama, interview with Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, a musical performance with sacred instruments, and a timeline of Tibetan medicine.

  • Kundun (1997)
    MOVIE.  Martin Scorsese, director with Gyurme Tethong and Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong
    Praised as one of the best films of the year, KUNDUN is a motion picture masterpiece directed by five-time Academy Award(R)-nominated director Martin Scorsese. It's the incredible true story of one of the world's most fascinating leaders -- Tibet's Dali Lama and his daring struggle to rule a nation at one of the most challenging times in its history. Powerfully told and set against a backdrop of world politics -- the film's release created an international uproar! Featuring a striking Oscar(R)-nominated score by renowned composer Philip Glass, this extraordinary motion picture has been greeted with both controversy and worldwide acclaim -- experience it for yourself!

  • Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
    MOVIE.  Jean-Jacques Annaud, director with Brad Pitt  and David Thewlis
    Brad Pitt stars in the soaring adventure and incredible true story of an Austrian prisoner of war who is transformed by his friendship with the young Dalai Lama.

  • Paths beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision (1993), Frances Vaughan and Roger Walsh, eds.
    Aldous Huxley, Bill Devall, Charles Tart, Christina Groff, the Dalai Lama, Daniel Goleman,
    Fritjof Capra, Georg Feuerstein, Huston Smith, Jack Kornfield, Jayne Gackenbach, John Welwood, Ken Wilber, Kenneth Ring, Michael Murphy, Ram Dass, Sri Aurobindo, Stanislav Grof, Stephen LaBerge, William James and many, many more.

  • Nightline: Dalai Lama (1980)
    Eric Siegel, director with Cynthia McFadden and Ted Koppel

  • Great Courses: Buddhism Part II (Date?)
    Lessons 13 - 24: Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Tantra, Theory and Practice of the Mandala, The First Diffusion of the Dharma in Tibet, The Schools of Tibetan Buddhism, The Dalai Lama, The Origins of Chinese Buddhism, The Origins of Japanese Buddhism, Honen, Shinran and Nichrien, Zen, and Buddhism in America.

  • In the Spirit of Manjushri (Date?)

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