The Dalai Lama in meditation, from Ocean of Wisdom.
The Dalai Lama in meditation, from Ocean of Wisdom.

Ocean of Wisdom: His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama by Rajiv Mehrotra, 30 minutes, available from PBS Home Video (800) 328-7271.

Compassion in Exile: the Story of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, a film by Mickey Lemle, 60 minutes, Lemle Pictures, Inc. (212) 736-9606.

Heart of Tibet: An Intimate Portrait of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, by David Cherniack and Martin Wassell, 60 minutes, available from Mystic Fire Video (800) 292-9001.

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, no longer needs an introduction. After he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the media made him a familiar figure who, in maroon robes, speaks eloquently on behalf of his country and for world peace, and who is inevitably identified as a simple Buddhist monk. But like most famous people, he is poorly served by superficial attention, and we’re left with the disturbing possibility that the public portrait is intended to limit his significance.

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