Dalai Lama and Harrison Ford Film Inspires Prison Inmates to Resolve
The Dalai Lama Renaissance film, narrated by Harrison Ford (www.DalaiLamaFilm.com), and a
Q&A with Director Khashyar Darvich, offer insights on inner peace to men behind bars, half of
whom are incarcerated for murder.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) January 20, 2010 -- In a rare opportunity to contemplate the nature of their own existence
and explore the essence of inner peace, dozens of inmates at two Texas prisons gained insights during screenings
of the award-winning documentary film Dalai Lama Renaissance, narrated by Harrison Ford (
www.DalaiLamaFilm.com). The film screened at the prisons as part of an ethics program organized by “Project
Clear Light,” a nonprofit Buddhist volunteer organization that works with the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice, and is scheduled to screen at other prisons across the United States in the coming months.
"There is such joy in being able to show films like Dalai Lama Renaissance to inmates," said Terry Conrad, a
certified volunteer Chaplain’s assistant, and Director of Project Clear Light. “It is so rewarding to sit in meditation
and have a conversation with them about what is really important, and to understand who we are and what we are
Conrad asked the film’s Producer-Director, Khashyar Darvich, to show Dalai Lama Renaissance to inmates
whom Conrad regularly meets with and teaches. With approval from prison administrators, two screenings were
scheduled: one in the Stiles prison in Beaumont, Texas, and one in Ramsey prison, south of Houston. Darvich
then volunteered to fly to Texas to speak with inmates after each screening. About half of the inmates in the
prison audiences were convicted of murder.
"The intention of making this film was to impact audiences in a positive way," said Director-Producer Khashyar
Darvich of Wakan Films. “I had never been to a prison before, but I had a deep sense that inmates may have
something to say about the film’s theme of overcoming the ego and op