Films

Learn more about Tibetan history, Buddhism and culture through amazing documentary films.

Screened on Sundays at Tibetan House.

*****     April 2016     *****

Dalai Lama Awakening

Show times:

Wednesday, April 6
7pm

Sunday, April 10
7pm

Dalai Lama Awakening (2014) is a feature-length documentary film, produced and directed by Khashyar Darvich, and narrated by actor Harrison Ford. The film documents the Dalai Lama’s meeting with the self-titled “Synthesis” group, made up of 40 Western “renaissance” thinkers who hope to use the meeting to change the world and resolve many of the world’s problems. The meeting took place at the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India in September, 1999.

Among the Western thinkers who meet the Dalai Lama are: quantum physicist Fred Alan Wolf, social scientist Jean Houston, and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center church in Los Angeles, Dr. Michael Beckwith.

Through the film the audience sees the clash of egos that soon developed among the members of the group and their assistants, as each member attempts to mold the meeting to fit their own personal expectations. Ultimately they discover they cannot hope to change the world until they undergo a personal transformation. Assisted by the often light-hearted musings of the Dalai Lama, each member comes away uniquely changed by their experience.

Dalai Lama Awakening is the Poetic ReVision and Director’s Cut of Dalai Lama Renaissance (released in 2007). It contains over 30 minutes of additional footage and a completely new score.

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Running time: 120 minutes
Suggested donation: $5

*****     February 2016     *****

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Sunday, February 21
In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people. Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama. Told through the eyes of His Holiness, “Kundun” brings to life the account of the Dalai Lama’s early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his journey into exile.
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Running time: 137 minutes

 

Tibet: Cry of the Snow LionCry of the snow lion
Sunday, February 28
This documentary by director Tom Peosay presents the history of Tibet under Chinese occupation. While the film depicts life at Buddhist monasteries that are closely associated with the mountainous region, it also shows other sides of the country, capturing the poverty found in the city of Lhasa, as well as sweeping shots of the expansive Tibetan wilderness. Many notable actors contribute their voices to the production, including Martin Sheen, Ed Harris and Susan Sarandon.
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Running time: 105 minutes

*****     January 2016     *****

Kundun
Sunday, January 10
In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people. Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama. Told through the eyes of His Holiness, “Kundun” brings to life the account of the Dalai Lama’s early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his journey into exile.
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Running time: 137 minutes

 

Blessings:The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet
Sunday, January 24
In Tibet, the word for woman translates as “lower rebirth.” In a remote eastern region of the country, the Tsoknyi Nangchen nuns defy this definition. Devoted to the ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism – once primarily a male domain – over 3,000 nuns have attained elevated status. Blessings explains the Tibetan Buddhist monastic system and the changing role of women within it.
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Running time: 100 minutes

**** November 2015 ****

Tashi and the Monk

Sunday, November 15

7pm, running time 50 minutes

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On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.
Buddhist Monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago he left behind a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.  5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings.
Lobsang has channeled his own unhappy childhood into an opportunity for other ‘uninvited guests of the universe’ to avoid a similar fate.
Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?

****October 2015****

Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of TibetBlessings

Sunday, October 11

7pm, running time: 100 minutes

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In Tibet, the word for woman translates as “lower rebirth.” In a remote eastern region of the country, the Tsoknyi Nangchen nuns defy this definition. Devoted to the ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism – once primarily a male domain – over 3,000 nuns have attained elevated status. Blessings explains the Tibetan Buddhist monastic system and the changing role of women within it

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Songs of Tibettibetinsong

Sunday, October 18

7pm, running time: 90 minutes

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Tibet in Song is both a celebration of traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing journey into the past fifty years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet. Director and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film.

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****September, 2015****

Little Tibet

Sunday, September 27, 7pm

Running time: 90 minutes
Suggested $5 donationLittleTibet

Sonam is about to go on a journey to one of the highest places on earth. As a Tibetan, who can no longer return to his own country, he is in search of Tibet, outside of Tibet. Could Ladakh be that place?

Known as Little Tibet, Ladakh sits on the roof of the world, in the northern most part of India. It borders with Tibet, and shares much of its culture, language and landscape. Here he finds the beauty of his culture, preserved in this remote, high altitude land. Along a journey through rain, snow and desert, across the breathtaking landscape of the himalayas, Sonam discovers ancient Tibetan monasteries and talks with Nomads in Chang Thang, the pasturelands which once stretched over the Indo-Tibetan border.

He sees His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama give teachings to an audience of thousands and joins in the celebrations of a Tibetan wedding.

In this land still rich in Tibetan culture, he finds the gems of his lost land, and yet he still cannot cross the border and return to Tibet.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYRjQPMDjAs)

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**** August, 2015 ****

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Sunday, August 2

7pm, running time 100 minutes

He’s known by different names — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, or Khyentse Norbu, the great Buddhist instructor reincarnated — but either way, Norbu might be the most unassuming of Buddhist gurus. Reluctant to embrace what many perceive as his destiny, he prefers soccer games and drinks and even works in the movie industry as a director. This film follows Norbu on a pilgrimage to Bhutan by way of Germany and the United States after the 9/11 attacks, interviewing other Buddhists along the way.

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Adyashanti: What is Real?

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7pm, running time 90 minutes

What is actually read? In this fundamentally important satsang, Adyashanti illustrates how we create our own virtual reality by continuously interpreting our everyday experiences.  When we become sufficiently bored with the drama of our virtual world, the possibility of encountering the real is at hand.  Includes a vivid and insightful dialogue on the challenging territory of life after the honeymoon of awakening.

This video is one in a continuing series of live, unedited satsangs with Adyashanti.

Mustang: Journey of Transformation

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7pm, running time 30 minutes

Lost in time, the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang is one of the last sanctuaries of authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture. But, long isolated by geography and politics, the people struggle to survive and the center of their culture, the fifteenth century monasteries and the art within are dangerously close to collapse. Mustang – Journey of Transformation, tells the compelling story of the efforts to rescue this ancient place from the brink of extinction and help spark a cultural renaissance. Storytellers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama; the King of Mustang; and Luigi Fieni, the chief art restorer. – Written by Sarah Kass

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Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Sunday, August 23

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Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and “crazy wisdom” of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Called a genius, rascal, and social visionary; ‘one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,’ and ‘the bad boy of Buddhism,’ Trungpa defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave – he openly smoked, drank, and had intimate relations with students – yet his teachings are recognized as authentic, vast, and influential. Twenty years after his death, with unprecedented access and exclusive archival material, Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight.

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Daughters of Wisdom, CANCELED

Sunday, August 30

7pm, Running time 68 minutes Daughters of Wisdom

DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM is an intimate portrait of the nuns of Kala Rongo, a rare and exceptional Buddhist Monastery exclusively for women situated in Nangchen, in remote and rural northeastern Tibet. These nuns are receiving religious and educational training previously unavailable to women, and playing an unprecedented role in preserving their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it. They graciously allow the camera a never-before-seen glimpse into their vibrant spiritual community and insight into their extraordinary lives. Some shy, some outspoken, all are committed to the often difficult life they have chosen, away from the yak farms and herding families of their birth. It is the story of their spiritual community, one that couldn’t have existed 20 years ago but is thriving today.

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**** July, 2015 ****

Tibet: A Trilogy

Sunday, July 5

7pm, running time 134 minutes

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A Buddhist Trilogy takes you on an intimate journey deep into the heart of an ancient Buddhist world.  Four years in the making and hailed as a cinematic masterpiece in 197, writer/director Graham Coleman’s three-part feature has been unseen for over 20 years.  Now the film has been reworked into a single presentation, complete with digital restoration of the original material and new commentary.  Part 1 is an intimate portrait of the Dalai Lama as a spiritual and temporal leader.  Part 2 journeys deep into the mystical inner world of monastic life and presents an authentic revelation of tantric Buddhism, with commentaries by the great 20th century master Dudjom Rinpoche.  Part 3, photographed in the awesome landscapes of Ladakh, is a meditation on the impermanence and the depiction of the monastery’s moving ritual response to a death in the community.

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The Lion’s Roar

Sunday, July 12The Lion's Roar

7pm, running time 50 minutes

The Classic Portrait of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.

This is the masterful profile of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the great Tibetan Buddhist master known for the Black Crown ceremony.  His line of successive reincarnations has its origins in the 13th century when the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, left a letter predicting the birth of his next incarnation, or tulku, the first of many Tibetan Buddhist teachers to be identified this way.

He is recognized as the embodiment of the teachings of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, one that traces its source through Tibet’s greatest teachers Milarepa and Marpa to Naropa and Tilopa, all the way back to the Shakyamuni Buddha himself.

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The Extraordinary Life of his Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche

Sunday, July 19 For the Benefit of All Sentient Beings

7pm, running time 100 minutes

“This film is itself a beautiful journey in company of the great heart of Garchen Rinpoche: suffering with him through his terrible times of youthful struggle and bravely resisting the Chinese invasion and genocidal actions in Tibet, then being inspired by his great practive, especially of “give-and-take” meditation – sending love and happiness to all beings while taking away their sufferings.

We finally rejoince with him as his freedom and tireless teaching from his American base enable him to share his extraordinary loving wisdom with people all over the world.

It is a huge blessing just to see the existence of such a great being and this lovely film shares that with us.  It is what the Tibetans call a tongdrol, something that liberates just by being seen.” – Dr. Robert Thurman

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead

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7pm, running time 90 minutes

Away of Life, The Great Liberation

Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped.  An ancient source of strength and giodamce.  The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas.  This enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.

Part One: A Way of Life reveals the history of Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices.  Shot over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and liturgies for a deceasend Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with the Dalai Lama, who shares his views on the book’s meaning and importance.

Part two: The Great Liberation follows an old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the after life using readings from the Tibetan Book of the Dead.  The soul’s 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu Patel.

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**** June, 2015 ****

Unmistaken Child

Sunday, June 7  Unmistaken Child

7pm, running time 102 minutes

Young monk Tenzin Zopa has spent most of his life studying at the feet of the esteemed Geshe Lama Konchog. When the older man dies after a long, influential life, Tenzin is assigned to find his teacher’s reincarnated soul. Tenzin journeys throughout Nepal, from one small village to another, in search of the child in whom Konchog’s spirit has come to reside. This documentary charts Tenzin’s arduous, emotional quest, a task that will be judged a success or failure by the Dalai Lama himself.

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The Yogis of Tibet Yogis

Sunday June 7 

7pm, Running time 77 minutes

For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.

Daughters of Wisdom

Sunday, June 14

7pm, Running time 68 minutes Daughters of Wisdom

DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM is an intimate portrait of the nuns of Kala Rongo, a rare and exceptional Buddhist Monastery exclusively for women situated in Nangchen, in remote and rural northeastern Tibet. These nuns are receiving religious and educational training previously unavailable to women, and playing an unprecedented role in preserving their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it. They graciously allow the camera a never-before-seen glimpse into their vibrant spiritual community and insight into their extraordinary lives. Some shy, some outspoken, all are committed to the often difficult life they have chosen, away from the yak farms and herding families of their birth. It is the story of their spiritual community, one that couldn’t have existed 20 years ago but is thriving today.

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Angry Monk

Sunday, June 28 Angry Monk

7pm, Running time 97

Tibet – the mystical roof of the world, peopled with enlightened monks? Only one of them wouldn’t toe the line: Gendun Choephel, the errant monk who left the monastic life in 1934 in search of a new challenge. A free spirit and multifaceted individual, he was far ahead of his time and has since become a seminal figure, a symbol of hope for a free Tibet. A rebel and voluble critic of the establishment, Gendun Choephel kindled the anger of the Tibetan authorities. The cinematic journey through time portrays the life of this unorthodox monk, revealing a face of old Tibet that goes against popular clichés. The film makes an abundance of unique and rare historical footage available to the general public for the first time. But it does not dwell on the past; rather it skilfully oscillates between tradition and modernity.

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**** May, 2015 ****

Kundun

Sunday, May 10Kundunmovie

7pm, running time 137 minutes

In 1937, a two-and-a-half year old boy from a simple family in Tibet was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, and destined to become the spiritual and political leader of his people. Director Martin Scorsese brings to the screen the true story of the Dalai Lama. Told through the eyes of His Holiness, “Kundun” brings to life the account of the Dalai Lama’s early life, from childhood through the Chinese invasion of Tibet and his journey into exile.

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Monk with a Camera

Sunday, May 17Monk with a Camera

7pm, running time 90 minutes

Nicky Vreeland, son of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, gave up photography to become a Buddhist monk. Years later, he picked up his camera again to earn money to rebuild his monastery.

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Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

Sunday, May 24

7pm, running time 104 minutesCry of the snow lion

This documentary by director Tom Peosay presents the history of Tibet under Chinese occupation. While the film depicts life at Buddhist monasteries that are closely associated with the mountainous region, it also shows other sides of the country, capturing the poverty found in the city of Lhasa, as well as sweeping shots of the expansive Tibetan wilderness. Many notable actors contribute their voices to the production, including Martin Sheen, Ed Harris and Susan Sarandon.

Click here to view Trailer

 

Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Sunday, May 31

7pm, running time 86 minutescrazywisdom1

Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and “crazy wisdom” of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Called a genius, rascal, and social visionary; ‘one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century,’ and ‘the bad boy of Buddhism,’ Trungpa defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave – he openly smoked, drank, and had intimate relations with students – yet his teachings are recognized as authentic, vast, and influential. Twenty years after his death, with unprecedented access and exclusive archival material, Crazy Wisdom looks at the man and the myths about him, and attempts to set the record straight.

 Click Here to view Trailer

 

 

**** MARCH, 2015 ****

For the Benefit of All Beings: The Extraordinary Life of His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche

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7pm, running time 100 minutes

5$

For the Benefit of All Beings: The Extraordinary Life of His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche is an experiential immersion into the Tibetan Buddhist view of the world as lived by one man who endured unthinkable adversity, yet emerged a living saint. With animated storytelling by Garchen Rinpoche himself, historical footage, and interviews with peers and students filmed in stunning locations in over 15 countries including Tibet and Nepal, this documentary film beautifully and powerfully paints the evolution of one human being’s journey to become “for the benefit of all beings.”

Garchen Rinpoche’s journey inspires and instructs us in a uniquely universal way to embody pure Love, the highest potential of the human mind.

 

**** FEBRUARY, 2015****

Losar, Tibetan New Year
Special Screening of Little Tibet 2, a documentary by Nawang N. Anja-Tsang
Sunday, February 22
7pm – 9pm

$5

In honor of Losar and  Tibetan Independence Day, please join us for this special film showing of Little Tibet 2. This is a wonderful cultural documentary film, for anyone who is wanting to learn more of the Tibetan culture.

Check out the Little Tibet 2 Trailer here.