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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Asian Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Asian countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 20 programs (20 to 54 minutes). Click for more

India: Tibetan Prayers

India: Tibetan Prayers

"Highly Recommended. Filmed entirely on location, in the Kangra Valley, in the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India, this documentary skillfully captures life in exile for refugees from Tibet, revealing day-to-day routines and activities without pushing any agenda on viewers. Here we see a vibrant community living and working to preserve ancient art practices of Tibet." -National Media Review
"In order to promote compassion, it is not sufficient just to talk; it needs to be spread through example. I believe that our peaceful and compassionate Tibetan society is such an example; that's why it is worth preserving, and I am pleased to see that in its work to keep Tibetan culture alive, the Norbulingka Institute is actively contributing to that task." -The Dalai Lama
Since the Dalai Llama fled his native Tibet in 1959, over 100,000 of his countrymen and women have followed on the 900-mile trek to India. There they have established Tibet-in-Exile, a spiritual, political, and cultural capital, in Dharamsala, at the base of the splendid and sacred Mountain Triune. In Tibet there were once 8000 monasteries. Now there are only eight. This sensitive and eye-opening documentary, filmed entirely on location, shows pieces of that life in exile. Here we see monks finishing their prayers at one of the working monasteries. We view young children doing their daily lessons, counting and singing together in English. We watch Tibetan women and men publicly performing their Buddhist faith. We discover the sacred lake Tso Pema. Then, at the famous Norbulingka Institute, we observe metal and paint workers plying their craft. Finally, we meet Karma Lundup Rinpoche, who is on top of Mount Triune, performing a sacred smoke ritual, using incense and herbs, and praying in the tradition passed down to him by his father. As he chants the smoke mantra, viewers are welcome to engage in their own spiritual experience. Produced by Mark Morris. 2010 SCA 30 min.
Also See: Exile - The Dalai Lama and His People
Also by Mark Morris: Shades of Gay

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