'Enlightened: An Unauthorized story on the 14th Dalai Lama' looks at the current Dalai Lama's life, which
has been devoted to improving international relations for his people. We also draw on contemporary
footage that illustrates his views and values.
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of Tibet's people, and exiled government. He
established the Tibetan government in northern India in 1959, but has been a voice for peace all over the world,
not just within his own land. For his hard work and sacrifice, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Fewer souls in history have had such a positive influence on our world and culture. No person alive today can
rival his personal message of love and compassion. Over the past fifty years, the Dalai Lama has travelled the
globe, in a quest to bring peace to regions of war and famine.
The life of a Gyuto monk is a life geared toward serving others, promoting peace, and observing the traditions
and rituals of Tibet. Of these, the tradition of the Dalai Lama itself spans back some three hundred years. The
14th incarnation - Tenzin Gyatso - was declared head of state of the Tibetan people when he was just sixteen -
a hefty responsibility at such a young age. At that time, Tibet was largely under Chinese rule, and the monastery
was overrun by the Chinese army, probably the first time such a peaceful place was sullied by the violence and
horror of war. It was at this point that it was decided that it would be safer for the Dalai Lama to retreat to India,
where he resides, even today.
In 2005, thanks to the generosity of the Indian government, a new Gyuto monastery was opened, and now
boasts a population of some 500 monks, all striving to keep the traditions and culture of Tibet alive and well into
the 21st century.
Royal Albert Hall - The 14th Dalai Lama spoke at Royal Albert Hall in London, bestowing his message of peace
with a measure of humour to a captive audience, showing that even though he's a spiritual leader, he can still
make people laugh.
Inner Peace - The Dalai Lama believes that any social group, regardless of race, religion or economic standing,
can strive for and obtain inner peace, but that strength of spirit tends to come from helping others, and believing
in your own worth.
Affection - the need for affection and a bond with other humans begins in childhood, and scientists have proven
that if a monkey is separated from its mother at birth it will develop a far more aggressive nature than if it were
allowed to grow up alongside its mother. As it is in the animal kingdom, so it is with humans.
Helping Tibet - the Dalai Lama explains what he would like to have happen to enable Tibet to find it's political
feet and gain freedom from China so that he can return to his homeland without threat of persecution.