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Buddha in Suburbia

2011 ,    » 24 Comments
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Buddha in SuburbiaBuddha in Suburbia tracks the extraordinary journey of 40 year old Lelung Rinpoche, one of Tibetan Buddhism's three principal reincarnations, as he sets out to gather the lost teachings of his faith and to attempt a return to his homeland.

For the past seven years, Lelung Rinpoche has been living in Ruislip North London, in the garden shed of one of his students. He runs a dharma or teaching center locally, attended by British followers. Now a British passport holder, he embarks on a mission to find previous Lelungs' teachings, and the teachers who hold the key to unlocking their secrets.

His odyssey takes him to India, Mongolia and China as he tries to find a way of getting back home to Tibet. He meets some of Tibetan Buddhism's most senior teachers, including the Tibetan Prime Minister in exile.

Lelung is a young, modern lama, with relationships with many across the globe from teenagers in Rusilip to the Dalai Lama. The film includes an interview with Tibetan Buddhist expert Professor Robert Thurman, father of Uma Thurman. Lelung Rinpoche has a daunting task to complete on his quest to recover lost teachings before they disappear, and to try to take the right steps on his own path towards enlightenment.

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24 Comments / User Reviews

  1. BeardHero420

    Somehow I don't think that the Chinese will find this very interesting.

  2. Thomas Tadashi Tadleigh Tibet
  3. Thomas Tadashi Tadleigh Tibet

    So nice! I stand with you Lelung Rinpoche - for a Free Tibet! ^__^

  4. a_no_n
  5. a_no_n

    although it's not really a Free Tibet the monks are after...At least not the old school ones like the Dalhi Llama. It's the reinstalling of their regime where they sat at the head of a culture that made slaves of it's own people so that the aristocrat monks could spend all day in luxury coming up with pearls of wisdom that don't actually mean anything!

  6. Thomas Tadashi Tadleigh Tibet
  7. Thomas Tadashi Tadleigh Tibet

    That is a big fat lie! ://

  8. Albert Lahey
  9. Albert Lahey

    Yeah a_no_n,

    Those Tibetan Buddhist slave lords were really something evil huh..

    All of those rebellions they had to stamp down with ruthless force...

    All those nets they had to place around their Slave factories so their Slaves would continue to make circuit boards and iphones...instead of jumping off the buildings to their only freedom...death.

    Those cruel Tibetan overlords who would dole out executions for even the most minor of crimes...

    Good thing those Chinese came in to LIBERATE those Tibetans huh...

  10. Tanuja Chaturvedi
  11. Tanuja Chaturvedi

    Outstanding. Thank you for bringing us this glimpse. I belong to the ancient land of India. And am proud that we have created a Home for people repressed for their religious, ideological and political belief. May they reach Tibet, their home-land is my prayer.

  12. Jordan Stevens
  13. Jordan Stevens

    "Religion, opiate of the masses", huh? That statement justified the murder of up to 100 million people at the hand of atheists in the last century and the occupation of Tibet. That total exceeds all other wars since the dawn of recorded history. Religion dangerous, bad... no way. Religion has saved countless lives and done vast good. We have to fear those who follow the radical and illogical, spiritually demented faith of Atheism.

  14. drewheskett
  15. drewheskett

    You do realize that a conservative estimate of people that are mentioned in the bible that god himself has killed is well over 27 million, and that's just in the bible. Also, you assume that all people in the past century that have died from war are 100% atheist. False logic from a deluded mind. Don't worry, I won't bother reading any of your crazy person responses so you can rant and rave all you want.

  16. steamknife
  17. steamknife

    If you even look at your own statement with the least objectivity, you will realise how ignorant you sound. 100 million killed by "Atheists"?

    Let me show you how dangerous religion can be: Throughout history, people have been killing mercilessly in the name of god. Ever since human beings find comfort in religion, they find comfort in murder, torture, rape and slavery when "GOD" is involved. There is even references of people of using biblical stories to justify slavery in order to continue slavery

    Most people have been taking their faith for granted (including Dalai Lama, yes, THE Dalai Lama). They have been foolishly "believing" that by living in a life style in accordance to their religion, they don't need to think of any consequences of their action(s) be cause they will be given access to heaven. If things were this easy then I assure you that Osama Bin Ladin is in heaven right now. In fact, he should be one of God's favourites for follow strict Islamic beliefs. You can say Islam is wrong about God etc. etc. but that does not change anything.

    Also, people have been saying Atheism is a religion is just pure ridiculous to the extent where I can't be bothered to explain why.

  18. Ryan Khaleyl Kadile
  19. Ryan Khaleyl Kadile

    Not all communist are atheist, not all murderers are atheist.

  20. gallowaygrumblefield
  21. gallowaygrumblefield

    He looks like a reincarnation of Bela Lugosi.

  22. Jo McKay
  23. Jo McKay

    Bad title. Wonderful story and well worth the watch.
    "Improving my heart - is the most difficult. I hope before I am facing death, that I can improve that" - Lama Lelung Rinpoche (uncertain of spelling).
    These 'pearls' of wisdom have great value to any who seek compassion, & a more peaceful world regardless of sectarian or non-sectarian approach. (IMO of course :)


    number of people killed in name of religion > ppl killed by "atheist"

  26. Patrick Kathambana
  27. Patrick Kathambana

    Religion has only ever been an excuse never a cause of conflict.

    Conflict is ALWAYS about good old fashioned resources. Even middle eastern terrorism stems from western imperialistic policies and the whole Israel situation. Islam has no problem with America.

    Religion is misused to justify horrible things but anything can be used that way. Hitler used eugenics for example but its not eugenics that killed all those people. It was just an excuse.

    Human greed and cruelty do not magically go away when you take God out of the equation, infact it increases because people are freed from all the moral safegaurds that religion imposes.

    This is evidenced by the fact that the greatest mass murderers are usually atheists i.e Stalin, Hitler, Mao etc

  28. Comment_Ninja
  29. Comment_Ninja

    Atheism is a religion for some people. The consider Darwin their prophet, preach on street corners and try and 'convert' others. Theres a documentary about it somewhere on this site, Cant remember the title at the moment...

  30. Bobby Ellis
  31. Bobby Ellis

    I don't think you really know much about the religions you're criticizing.

  32. perplexed
  33. perplexed

    there are "2" fundamental essence' of Buddhism, 1- is that in a scientific study, BUDDHISM IS A SCIENCE OF MIND, and 2nd is that the science of mind in ancient times could not be explained as a science of mind and hence took the form of religion. however when i say so, remember in buddhism there is "NO GOD". as the Buddha preached, always be skeptical and "ASK QUESTIONS, DO NOT FOLLOW ANYTHING BLINDLY UNLESS YOU TRUELY FEEL OR COME TO AN ANSWER YOURSELF.
    the most fundamental and basic form of Buddhist practice is through meditation. meditation comes in various forms, both mental and physical.(there are more detailed explainations). now meditation is proven and is scientific, its not some mumbo jumbo or hocus pocus.
    as far as i have understood after watching this documentary, Lelung Rinpoche simply wants to find old, ancient lost texts of his school of Buddhism so as to practice and preach DHARMA but also very importantly KARMA-actions(every action has a reaction- remember Isaac Newton???)(remember the part where he cries for donkeys, because like all LIVING creatures they feel pain but cannot speak) thus he demonstrates COMPASSION AND LOVE. i believe, atheist or religious. everybody should have love and compassion, without love and compassion everything is meaningless, life would be mechanical, robotic, spread the LOVE AND COMPASSION.....good documenary. "LOVE AND COMPASSION TO ALL LIVING BEINGS IN THIS PLANET" "OM MANI PADME HUM"

  34. earlp
  35. earlp

    Hitler wasn't a atheist.

  36. Dave Woods
  37. Dave Woods

    Newton was not talking about "KARMA" his laws are:

    First law: If an object experiences no net force, then its velocity is constant: the object is either at rest (if its velocity is zero), or it moves in a straight line with constant speed (if its velocity is nonzero).[2][3][4]

    Second law: The acceleration a of a body is parallel and directly proportional to the net force F acting on the body, is in the direction of the net force, and is inversely proportional to the mass m of the body, i.e., F = ma.

    Third law: When a first body exerts a force F1 on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force F2 = ?F1 on the first body. This means that F1 and F2 are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction..

    ^^^No room for KARMA there.

    As for your clam that "all LIVING creatures they feel pain but cannot speak" Do you include plants and clams? (Things without nervous systems/brains?) and why or why not?

    What does " SCIENCE OF MIND" mean? who's mind? Do you use the scientific method (<---- feel free to google that.) for "BUDDHISM"?

  38. soupisgoodfood
  39. soupisgoodfood

    What you just described is karma. Karma is not some magical force that makes sure things are fair. It's the law of cause and effect, nothing more. At least not for the Buddhist definition of karma.

    Why is a nervous system required for the experience of suffering? The experience of suffering is not necessarily the same as a particular mechanism of action asscoiated with suffering that we are familiar with.

  40. TashiNobu
  41. TashiNobu

    "It's not a Free Tibet the monks are after...At least not the old school ones like the Dalhi Llama."

    Assuming that botched spelling was a failed attempt at humour.

    If Dalai lama wants to reinstall a slavery regime, He's doing a HORRIBLE job at it.... because he gave up all political power to a DEMOCRATICALLY elected Prime minister.

    Considering the fact that he was Entering his TEENS 1949 when he took the throne, and the Chinese started invading.... i don't see how he could have made slaves of his own people.

    Unless, he did so from his mother's Womb.

    Those poor poor Slaves.... Why do they want That RUTHLESS Dalai Lama to return??!! Why??!!

    Maybe because they weren't actually Slaves... and the slavery thing is a Lie made up by the Chinese Government.

    There must be plenty of Historical Evidence that shows Slavery was practiced in Tibet right??

    Oh.. There isn't Any?!

    Who knew.....

  42. TashiNobu
  43. TashiNobu

    Give humans enough time, and they'll twist and convert ANYTHING into a religion.

  44. Jahsus
  45. Jahsus

    You should read a little more Rupert Sheldrake.

  46. gabe
  47. gabe

    Agree with above.. And use this opportunity to echo a wisdom from ancient times which clearly shows humanity hasnt changed a bit..

    The Master doesn't try to be powerful;
    thus he is truly powerful.
    The ordinary man keeps reaching for power;
    thus he never has enough.

    The Master does nothing,
    yet he leaves nothing undone.
    The ordinary man is always doing things,
    yet many more are left to be done.

    The kind man does something,
    yet something remains undone.
    The just man does something,
    and leaves many things to be done.
    The moral man does something,
    and when no one responds
    he rolls up his sleeves and uses force.

    When the Tao is lost, there is goodness.
    When goodness is lost, there is morality.
    When morality is lost, there is ritual.
    Ritual is the husk of true faith,
    the beginning of chaos.

    Therefore the Master concerns himself
    with the depths and not the surface,
    with the fruit and not the flower.
    He has no will of his own.
    He dwells in reality,
    and lets all illusions go.

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