Tibet: A Buddhist Triology

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  • Location: the film club, Nambour Cinema, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland
Rating:   (PG)
Country:   UK
Director: Graham Coleman
Four years in the making and critically acclaimed and hailed as a masterpiece, Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy has not been seen in theatres for over 20 years.  Now digitally restored and recut to a spell-binding 134 minutes this lost treasure is an intimate journey into a powerfully evocative realm. 
Part 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 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'.  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.
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Fri 11th May 6.45pm
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