Ursi's Eso Garden
Your Competent Esoteric Guide
Sunday, 11. November 2007
Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy takes you on an intimate journey deep into the heart of an ancient Buddhist world. Four years in the making and hailed as a cinematic masterpiece in 1979, writer/director Graham Coleman's three-part feature has been unseen for over 20 years.
In 2005 the film has been reworked into a single presentation, complete with digital restoration of the original material and new commentary.
Part One: The Dalai Lama, the Monasteries and the People is filmed in the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala and in Sera monastery and explores the ways in which the inner knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist culture is developed and refined and communicated out to the lay community.
Part Two: Radiating the Fruit of the Truth reveals the essence of the mystical philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. The film follows the lamas of the Sakya monastery in Boudha, Nepal as they prepare to perform an ancient protective ritual associated with Tara known as a "Beautiful Ornament".
Part Three: The Field of the Senses is set in the majestic mountain landscape of Ladakh. 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.
Commentary read by Thubten Jinpa. Written and directed by Graham Coleman, produced and photographed by David Lascelles. In Tibetan language with English commentary and subtitles.
Duration: 134 minutes.
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