Film: Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet
The film tells the story of 3000 nuns living in the remote nomadic region of Nangchen in Eastern Tibet who practice an ancient yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Despite near extinction during the destruction of the Cultural Revolution, these remarkable spiritual practitioners have emerged to rebuild their monasteries by hand – stone by stone. Now, their tradition of wisdom and compassion is once again vital and growing. In 2005, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III led a small group of western students to meet the Nangchen nuns. Blessings is the story of this extraordinary journey. A unique meeting of East and West, the film is an inspiration to anyone seeking a spiritual path through the challenges of 21st century life. Narrated by Richard Gere.
Victress Hitchcock has been directing award winning documentary and educational films for 35 years. She has been studying and practicing Buddhism for the same length of time. She graduated from the London Film School and is a recipient of a Creative Fellowship in Media from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Her documentary films include What Can I Tell You, Song of the Open Road , Children of Wind River and Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. She wrote and directed Grandfather Sky, a short dramatic film for Native American Public Broadcasting. Her educational films include Nicholas and the Baby and numerous violence and drug prevention programs for Discovery Education.
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