Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama
"As a free spokesman for my captive countrymen and women,
I feel it is my duty to speak out on their behalf.
I speak not with a feeling of anger or hatred towards those
who are responsible for the immense suffering of our people
and the destruction of our land, homes, and culture.
They too are human beings who struggle to find happiness,
and deserve our compassion. I speak to inform you of the
aspirations of my people because, in our struggle for freedom,
truth is the only weapon we possess."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
COMPASSION IN EXILE
is an intimate portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, whose thirty-year nonviolent struggle on behalf of his people earned him the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. It is also a moving look at the brutal treatment endured by the Tibetan people at the hands of the Communist Chinese, who since 1950 have sought to eradicate the Tibetans' culture and religion. Speaking with unprecendeted candor, the Dalai Lama describes his upbringing and key moments in his life, while his countrymen bear witness to their personal ordeals. Featuring never-before-seen footage that reveals the mystery and beauty of Tibet, COMPASSION IN EXILE is at once a testament to the humility and gentle wisdom of a great spiritual leader and a heartfelt plea for the salvation of a people.