Mercyhurst professor appears in Dalai Lama film at PAC

Director Khashyar Darvich will visit Mercyhurst College on Jan. 21 to present his film “Dalai Lama Renaissance,” kicking off the spring session of the college’s popular Guelcher Film Series.

Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, the documentary follows 40 visionaries that set off for India to meet with his holiness, the Dalai Lama, at the cusp of the new millennium. Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel, chair of Mercyhurst’s Department of Religious Studies, attended the conference as an observer and is featured in the film. Forsthoefel will join the director to introduce the film and to lead discussion following the screening; this will be his first opportunity to view the documentary that was released in 2007 and won awards from numerous film festivals.

Forsthoefel recently published his fourth book, a compilation of teachings on wisdom, compassion, and meditation by the 14th Dalai Lama. "The Dalai Lama: Essential Writings" is the latest addition to the Modern Spiritual Masters Series from Orbis Books.

“Dalai Lama Renaissance” will be shown in Mercyhurst’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 2:15 and 8 p.m. (Note: The afternoon showing is now scheduled to begin 15 minutes later than in the past.) Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and are available at the door. Call 824-3000 for more information.
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