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Exploring Consciousness

Thought-provoking films featuring humanity's spiritual search, from ancient wisdom traditions to the latest interfaith dialogues and scientific investigations. Since 1996.

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

A tapestry, an exploration

poignant, luscious, brilliant, wise and relevant.

Produced by Rick Ray and Sharon Ray. Original evocative musical score by Peter Kater, 2006

Thursday 4 July at 11am
At Simon’s Town museum

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or the museum on 021 786 3046
Ticket R40
Running time 85 minutes

In celebration of the 84th birthday of His Holiness on 6 July. Viva!


If you had only one hour, what would you ask...

10 Questions for The Dalai Lama is a documentary film in which filmmaker Rick Ray meets with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama at his monastery in Dharamsala, India. The film maker asks him ten questions during the course of the interview which is inter-cut with a biography of Tenzin Gyatso, a history of modern Tibet and a chronicle of Ray's journey securing the interview.

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 the story of the Dalai Lama, 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., "10 Questions for The Dalai Lama" conveys more than history and more than answers.

Most poignant is the reply to: What would become of the Dalai Lama?
“As a Buddhist monk I wish to go to a remote area, like a wounded animal. All my time and energy I will concentrate on spiritual matters.”

Cinematographer, writer and director Rick Ray has travelled the world to capture images of its peoples and cultures. He has produced 12 films on regions as diverse as Israel, Bali, Borneo, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Syria.

Soundtrack for the film 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama was composed by Grammy nominated pianist and composer Peter Kater. Tibetan bowls, cello, piano, strings and flutes are fused to evoke the vast plateaus, majestic mountains and spiritual mystery that are experienced in the film. With guest appearances by chanting Tibetan monk and teacher, Tulku Orgyen, Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, and Native American flautist R. Carlos Nakai, Peter Kater has created a soundtrack that is the perfect partner to the film's beautiful imagery.

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