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WNY Film Premier! ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance’ w/Director and guest author Q&A

What happens when 40 innovative Western thinkers and scientists get
together to discuss and plan solutions to our world’s problems?

See for yourself during the single night, two screening premier of Dalai Lama Renaissance. Narrated by
Harrison Ford, the documentary follows 40 scientists, theologians and
scholars, as they brainstorm solutions at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Northern India. 

If you have ever lived through the experience of a group project,
you understand the dynamics at play. PhDs, social scientists and
theologians are no different than the rest of us.  The
progression of the five day think tank/summit is often surprising and
funny, as egotism and procedural roadblocks interfere with noble intentions. 
His Holiness
takes it all in stride and handles it all with his characteristic good humor and grace.

No film better captures the Dalai Lama’s skillful blend of wisdom
and compassion. His infectious laugh and Yoda-like intonation will
leave you with a smile.
Recipient of 12 film festival awards, this thought provoking feature makes great fuel for conversation.

As it happens Next Tuesday, March 10, marks the fiftieth anniversary
of the Tibetan Nationalist Uprising and the Dalai Lama’s life in exile.  33 percent of all film ticket sales benefit an organization of the Dalai Lama’s
choice. One quarter of the proceeds from this premier will benefit Artspace Buffalo

Join co-sponsors Artspace Buffalo Gallery and The Buffalo Zen Dharma community this Tuesday March 10th at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. Buffalo $10/$7 student. 5:30pm and 7:30 pm. 

Producer-director, Khasyar Darvich along with film participant Tom
Forsthoefel will be present for an audience discussion after both
screenings. Tom Forsthoefel will also be available in the lobby to sign
his new book “The Dalai Lama: Essential Writing“.

View trailers, reviews and more info at

Written by RaChaCha


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