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Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy

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Tibet: A Buddhist TrilogyPart I: The Dalai Lama, The Monasteries and the People. Filmed in the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, North India, and in the re-built Sera Monastery, the second largest monastery of the old Tibet, this opening part of the Trilogy observes the Dalai Lama in his dual role as Head of State and spiritual teacher. In an elegant cinematic style, at one with its subject, the film interweaves this personal portrait with an intimately observed exploration of the ways in which the inner knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist culture is developed in the monasteries, through vigorous debate and solitary meditation, and communicated in to the lay community.

Part II: Radiating the Fruit of Truth. With extraordinary authenticity Part II of the Trilogy journeys deep into the mystical inner world of monastic life. Set in the ancient village of Boudha, Nepal and the isolated mountain caves of the yogis, the film follows the lamas of the Phulwary Sakya Monastery through their contemplative retreats, the building of an intricate cosmogram, and the performance of an ancient protective ritual known as ‘A Beautiful Ornament’. Through the ritual invocation of the female deity Tara, the malevolent forces that might bring harm to the society are invited and magically transformed. With a subtitled commentary based on the teachings of the great 20th century master Dudjom Rinpoche, the essence of tantric Buddhism is powerfully revealed.

Part III: The Fields of the Senses. Set in the majestic mountain landscape of Ladakh, Part III is a meditation on impermanence and the relationship between the mind, body and environment. It follows the monks and farmers through a day, ending with an unflinching depiction of the monastery's moving ritual response to a death in the community. As in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the departed is guided through the dream-like intermediate state between death and birth. (Excerpt from

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13 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Yisrael

    One good religion on earth.

  2. dizmo

    Buddhism is the closest thing to a science of subjective conscious experience that we have. Buddhism cannot be looked at like a religion. All of points taught in Buddhism are conclusions derived from meditation. Which everyone can do themselves to find what is taught to be true. That is the entire point of Buddhism is to find truth...not beleif. That is why the Dalia Lama has written many times that if science finds something that Buddhism thought were true to be incorrect, then Buddhism will change. Double blind studies have a hard time discovering a lot about subjective experience. So if something isn't discovered by science that Buddhism holds to be true this STILL doesn't make it a religion due to the requirements of people going into the meditation/trance states to confirm/deny what is taught.

  3. bryan cooper

    An amazing video, one of the most captivating I have seen . You can't help but have the highest respect for the monks and others in the film. (& the music is wonderful)

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  5. iqueringmind

    Are Buddist prohibited from eating meat?

  6. 200880

    Buddhism have never claimed to be anything other than human, it claims that ALL sentient beings have a great potential (buddha nature), and all buddhists are working hard to discover this. Shakyamuni Buddha was not a god, he was just a person who found a way to connect with the highest possible potential in his own mind. We all have this potential.


    They ware costumes, the make nice Art, the prey and or meditate and other people in the community go to work and directly support the community through interaction of producing goods and or services, these people do not ware costumes and the make nice Art in their free time of course unless they are Artist and make Art for a living. There is no direct support for the people in the community. It's mental masterbation. This is not to say the wisdom they manifest in thought is not profound but good thoughts are like good dreams without application, other then Art and good thinking. This applies to all so called religious sects. Now if one wants to preach for a time and then go to their practical vocation to help support their self and contribute to the community direct than this is a good thing.

  8. Vartooka

    There is no peace in their study. That cracking the whip thing is weird. Feels off to me even violent. Go to and read and listen. You will be surprised at the difference in the "feel" of the messages.

  9. john slay

    If you attack buddhism you do not understand buddhism. To attack any way of life (such as Buddhism) or religion is to express your own self-disrespect and poorly developed beliefs.
    May you all live in peace

  10. devlinwaugh

    I am a Buddhist in theory but not spiritualy,i know that every protien cell molecule in my body has been used thousands of time by diffrent species over millions of years and when i die will be used again.If you watch a documentry called decay, science has proven that our genetic build can be found in the creatures that eat us-plants and fungus and bacteria.I dont belive in all the other hogwash,meditation enlightenment ,physical acts shaving heads ,wearing robes, ringing bells,living in comunes,not speaking for 40 years.Buddhists have the basic principle right and this is as close as i can come to a said religion/philosophy.If they stopped all the other nonsense they would actualy be very cool people but the Buddhist i have met are strange to the point of creepy.

    Chemically, plant, human, animal, bacteria, fungi, and even many viruses
    have identical DNA. DNA is composed of a backbone made from deoxyribose
    (A sugar) and phosphate. The individual base pairs that encode the
    genetic information are adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine (AGCT). A
    base pairs with T, and G base pairs with C, which defines specificity for
    DNA, and allows one strand to direct the replication of an exact
    complementary strand, so an organism can make another set of DNA and
    divide/reproduce. This was elegently demonstrated by Meselson & Stahl, a
    observation for which they recieved a Nobel Prize, and it agreed perfectly
    with the Watson & Crick model of DNA.

  11. Bou

    Here's what Buddha taught me: Love others, compassion, forgive others and myself, don't hurt others, help others.

    "His teaching is not a philosophy. It is the result of direct experience...
    His teaching is a means of practice, not something to hold onto or worship. His teaching is like a raft used to cross the river.
    Only a fool would carry the raft around after he had already reached the other shore of liberation."

    And you tell me, Vartooka, what is not so peaceful about that?
    If you don't agree with the teaching, there others religions out there for you. That is what Buddhism is all about, a democracy religion, we don't judge or put others religion down like the rest.

  12. neeko giana

    "watch a documentary called decay" this comment alone tells us this person puts far too much trust in what they watch. There is a lot more to learning and understanding than can be found in a documentary. Intelligent people know that documentaries have their purpose, and that after watching one on any given subject it does not equate to you having a University degree. No matter how much you copy and paste scientific data on a documentary comment board.

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