Not In God’s Name – In Search of Tolerance with The Dalai Lama – now on DVD

Currently, religious fanaticism is on the rise worldwide. Director Paula Fouce ventures into the madrassas, religious schools, and meets moderate Muslims as well as hard-liners. NOT IN GOD’S NAME traces the three reasons for religious extremism. The solutions to hatred in the name of God are laid out by His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Trapped in religious riots in Delhi, filmmaker Paula Fouce follows the Dalai Lama on a journey to understand religious intolerance. NOT IN GOD’S NAME shows how the world is ravaged by extreme divisions between religions. We examine the similar values of all faiths, and their potential for drawing us together to share a common ground. Featuring Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman Ph. D., Joseph Prabhu Ph. D., Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Dr. Karan Singh, Ph. D., Georg Feuerstein, Ph. D., Michael Bernard Beckwith, and leaders of many faiths.

Conscious Life Film Festival Gold Award Winner!

 57 min ~ Color ~ English ~ Stereo ~ Not Rated — Available in NTSC format (US, Canada).

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11 Responses to Not In God’s Name – In Search of Tolerance with The Dalai Lama – now on DVD

  1. Anna says:

    My friend bought this DVD and invited me to watch it. Very fascinating documentary. It was interesting seeing the Dalai Lama. I just recently met someone who was trapped in a hotel in India during some terrorist attacks…similar to what the filmmaker of this film experienced. Very educational. I highly recommend it!!

  2. Bonnie says:

    This is a great documentary that everyone should see. I was there and can vouch for the accuracy. Please see it, and tell all your friends to see it too.

    Hurray to the producers!

  3. parfil says:

    Thank you for your post. I will make sure to pass your comment on to the producers.

    Please stay tuned and check back here and on our website,, as we are posting frequent updates, incl. upcoing airings on tv.

  4. Susan Humphreys says:

    I watched the film on PBS last night and found it very interesting. Unfortunately the folks in this area that would benefit from watching the film refuse to watch things on PBS because the programs don’t conform to their world view. It is preaching to the choir, those that watch PBS already have a mindset of openness and tolerance for different viewpoints.

    When I was 20 I read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse and realized that Christianity didn’t have all the answers. Most Christians weren’t asking the right questions (in fact they were discouraging people from asking any questions). I set out to search for TRUTH and instead I found many truths. Now at the age of 59 I have come to realize that a potential source for GOOD (religion) has become a tool to promote fear and hate of the “other” all of those that aren’t just like me.

    All religion and no religion (secularism, atheism, humanism, philosophy, etc.) can help people become better people or help them become worse people. They can help them find what they seek (God, Nirvana, the Tao, Peace, Harmony, oneness with all things) or lead them astray.

    Unfortunately until we find ways to reach the people, until we do a better job of teaching people to be good, happy, productive, citizens of the planet, the scenes from the film will become more common.

    I’d like to see an open dialogue, public forum, conference something that will address what can be done BUT it must NOT be limited to religious leaders, it must be open to ALL, religious and non-religious.

    We know from history what a few disgruntled, angry, frustrated, disenfranchised, bored young people can do (the film shows a sample, but don’t forget the race riots in the US during the sixties, think about the current “teaparty” movement in the US). Just imagine what havoc several million will create.

    • parfil says:

      In groups such as the Tea Party, there may be some vocal individuals, but let’s not paint everyone with one brush – others may be very peaceful.

  5. Susan Humphreys says:

    One more comment about “mobs”. Mobs often have people on the fringes that don’t actively participate in the violence. If the cameraman in your video had panned out to show the whole picture, we would have seen that there were many in the back that weren’t shouting or raising their fists. During the Vietnam War demonstrations it was often the onlookers, the curious, that got shot. Their mere presence gave courage and support to the violent leaders out in front. Those onlookers/supporters/curious/bystanders also don’t actively try to stop the violence. AND once the mob is fully fired up they would be wise not to try to stop the violence. BUT and this is important the numbers of the mob are part of the power of the mob even if only a few actually are violent. If the mass of non-violent protestors faded away the few violent ones would find themselves standing alone and not quite so brave.

    This holds true for tea party participants, rock concert goers, sports fans after a game,….Sociologists have a great wealth of information on mobs and mass movements. The best book I have run across on the subject is Eric Hoffer, “The True Believer, Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements”. The book was first published in 1951 and is still in print today. Hoffer was a long shoreman, not a theologian, psychologist or sociologist. It should be required reading by all that are concerned about the issues raised by this PBS program.

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