A few nights ago, we strolled down to Banh mi Zon on East 6th Street to get our fix of their delicious Vietnamese sandwiches and killer Lotus Stem Salad. During our simple meal, the proprietor Tai Dang was kind enough to bring over a card from his friends (the filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam) seated at the next table for their new film The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom.
The informative documentary "updates the struggle for Tibetan independence, focusing upon the March 2008 demonstration against Chinese rule, the largest ever since the 1959 take-over of that nation. The Dalai Lama is interviewed extensively; he explicates his "middle way," a compromise position the Chinese haven't accepted. Supporters of Tibetan independence who are devoted to the Dalai Lama, but believe his compromise ineffective, detail their more militant position." Look for the movie at Film Forum during a two week run from March 31 - April 13, 2010.
After a brief and friendly chat with the filmmakers, we left the East Village sandwich shop and noticed that just next door ... sitting serendipitously in a bin in front of A-1 Records was Kleeer's old 1981 LP titled License to Dream.
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Following is an excerpt from The 14th Dalai Lama's acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989:
"As a Buddhist monk, my concern extends to all members of the human family and, indeed, to all sentient beings who suffer. I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed."