Two terrific 1 hour films.
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Film 1: Tibetan Refugee – Special appearances by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, The 17th Karmapa, and The Nechung Oracle. Plus, never-before-recorded Nechung Monks performing live!
Every year 4,000 refugees make the arduous trek over the Himalayas seeking refuge in Dharamsala in northern India, the home of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. While the Chinese government claims there is no religious persecution in Tibet, in this insightful exposé the refugess recount the torture and abuse which led them to forsake their families and country and flee into exile.
Grammy award-winning singer Yungchen Lhamo recounts her family’s harrowing tale. Never-recorded before, the Nechung Monks perform live music and prayers for the long life of the Dalai Lama and to aid the Nechung State Oracle, whom the Dalai Lama frequently consults, into a trance.
Film 2: Brilliant Moon – Narrated by Richard Gere and Lou Reed. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was among the most accomplished Buddhist masters I have met, yet at the same time he radiated the warm, uplifting qualities of a genuinely and thoroughly good human being. –The Dalai Lama.
Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche chronicles the life of the writer, poet, and meditation master Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet’s most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Known as the instructor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him. Two of his admirers are Richard Gere and Lou Reed, who provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world.
Brilliant Moon was filmed in Tibet, India, Bhutan, the United States and Nepal, and uses animation, rare archival footage and interviews with some of Tibet’s great thinkers, to tell his moving life story, from birth to death to rebirth. Written and Directed by Neten Chokling (Milarepa), one of Khyentse Rinpoche’s students, it is an intimate, moving and revelatory look at a transcendent spiritual being.