No. 7: Seven Years in Tibet

movie posterBased on the memoir of the same name by Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer (1912 -2006), the movie traces the meltdown of the ultimate western ego by the mystical ether that was the Dalai Lama’s Tibet. Brad Pitt plays Harrer, a Nazi poster-boy who embarks on a publicity stunt to scale a Himalayan peak, a point of “national German pride”. Instead, he ends up a POW in India at the outbreak of WWII, escapes, and then treks to Tibet over 65 mountain passes and 1,000 Lhakpa Tsamchoemiles of territory more than 16,000 feet high. In Lhasa, Pitt’s character befriends a young Dalai Lama before the Chinese Communist invasion — and soaks up the Golden Rule of compassion.

Karma points: When Pitt tries to woo a Tibetan beauty played by Lhakpa Tsamchoe, she brushes off his advances by telling him, “You admire the man who pushes his way to the top in any walk of life, while we admire the man who abandons his ego.”

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