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The Paradox of Our Age, is a visual adaptation from a poem written by H.H the 14th Dalai Lama. In this film, Thupten was able to create...
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tenzdechen  

Location: bangalore
Subject: here's the full "poem"
Jul 24 2008 10:52 PM

The Paradox of Our Age
By Dr. Bob Moorehead

(Dr. Bob Moorehead is former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church. He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post. The essay appeared in 'Words Aptly Spoken,' Dr. Moorehead's 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.)

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; big men and small character; steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember to say "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
tenzdechen  

Location: bangalore
Subject: here's the full "poem" (1)
Jul 24 2008 10:50 PM

The Paradox of Our Age
By Dr. Bob Moorehead
(Dr. Bob Moorehead is former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church. He retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post. The essay appeared in 'Words Aptly Spoken,' Dr. Moorehead's 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.)
anjede  

Location: Canada
Subject: Real author
Mar 03 2008 04:21 AM

Quick google yielded Seattle Pastor Dr. Bob Moorehead as the real author of the text. "The Paradox of our Age", while Tibetans made T-shirts and wall hangings out of these words, the words are not that of His Holiness.

Lesson here is, Majnu ka Tilla T-shirts are not a very reliable source.
anjede  

Location: Canada
Subject: Not by HHDL
Feb 21 2008 09:55 PM

Has the film maker actually checked with His Holiness' office if His Holiness actually authored this 'poem'. I seem to recall something from the Private Office of His Holiness that it was NOT the work of His Holiness.
Please check! If it is indeed the case where His Holiness did NOT write it, then I suppose you have an expensive, misinformed project.
vajradog  

Location: New York
Subject: Tenzin Rigdol
Feb 15 2008 09:47 PM

Tenzin Rigdol is a comptemporary Tibetan Artist based in New York. His website is www.rigdolfinearts.com
Tseta  

Location: Kathmandu
Subject: Now you find it!
Feb 15 2008 11:52 AM

Now Mr. Chakrishar finds magic in the wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, hopefully he will find more magic from the great masters of tibet. It is paradoxical that some doesn't sees the true magician in reality.
yeshiva  

Location: madison
Subject: ghost reviewer
Feb 15 2008 04:47 AM

who is tenzing rigdol? just curious because the tone and language of the review sounds more like the filmmaker himself. hope this is an honest review.
snowfire55  

Location: Greenland
Subject: The leaders who rule over the Earth will be violent
Feb 15 2008 01:33 AM

The Vishnu Purana, one of the oldest sacred texts of India says about the Kali Yuga, "The leaders who rule over the Earth will be violent and seize the goods of their subjects Those with possessions will abandon agriculture and commerce and will live as
servants, that is, following various possessions. The leaders,with the excuses of fiscal need, will rob and despoil their subjects and take away private property. Moral values and the rule of the law will lessen from day to day until the world will be completely perverted and agnosticism will gain the day among men."
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