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Brilliant Moon

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Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche chronicles the life of the writer, poet, and meditation master Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Known as the instructor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him. Two of his admirers are Richard Gere and Lou Reed, who provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world. Brilliant Moon was filmed in Tibet, India, Bhutan, the United States and Nepal, and uses animation, rare archival footage and interviews with some of Tibet's great thinkers, to tell his moving life story, from birth to death to rebirth. Written and Directed by Neten Chokling (Milarepa), one of Khyentse Rinpoche s students, it is an intimate, moving and revelatory look at a transcendent spiritual being.

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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was among the most accomplished Buddhist masters I have met, yet at the same time he radiated the warm, uplifting qualities of a genuinely and thoroughly good human being. --The Dalai Lama

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Lou Reed, Dalai Lama, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard
  • Directors: Neten Chokling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JOBTRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This documentary, narrated by Richard Gere, calmly relates the long life (1910-1991) of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who fled Tibet for Bhutan. There, he taught the present Dalai Lama as well as Dzongsar Khyentse (aka the film director Khyentse Norbu), and Matthieu Ricard, who has served as a translator and exponent of Vajrayana Buddhism to the West from this same Himalayan kingdom. It's a very straightforward presentation, just under an hour.

I watched wondering about what motivates the appeal, expressed by all fervently in their on-camera testimony, of one said to be "perfect" and enlightened, who chooses to leave a life of potential retreat (and a family he later fathered if kept by a devout patriarch at seemingly somewhat of a distance) to sit before others and watch them pay him homage, as the transmitter of wisdom. During this hour, his dharma teachings remained simply expressed, if difficult to master. The tone of this film, reverent and in awe, is not be gainsayed, but it's more a respectful hagiography than a critical exploration of a Tibetan exemplar's evidently wide appeal and lasting impact.

Therefore, it may please those already committed to his influence, rather than convince those curious. I'd recommend Matthieu Ricard's 1998 film (reviewed by me Dec. 2012), "The Spirit of Tibet," which uses some of the same archival footage from the Rinpoche's 1985 visit and that of his cremation and reincarnation, but which conveys a deeper sense of the "spiritual energy" of the teacher, as the Dalai Lama sums it up, as well as the "boundless compassion" for all, enemies and friends, as the "dzogchen" message.

As with his audiobook reading (reviewed by me Oct. 2008) for "The Tibetan Book of the Dead," Richard Gere provides an assured narration.
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I love this movie! It's wonderfully heartwarming and inspiring. One of my very favorites. If you never heard of HH Dilgo Khyense Rinpoche, treat yourself to this movie.

By means of some animation , news reels, testimony from his students, wife, his grandson Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, HH the Dalai Lama, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, this movie is a testimony to the life and teachings of a highly revered Buddhist meditation master , teacher and scholar.
It portrays the formative events of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's life, and the experiences that lead him to mature into the the warmest, most realized meditation master and teacher of the 20th century.
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I saw Brilliant Moon at the Guild several months ago,
It was so compelling that I wanted the DVD, so I ordered it at Amazon.
I watched it again with a friend and we loved the animation as well
as the narration by Richard Gere. Lou Reed wrote the music which was moving.
The documentary was of Dilgo Khentse was very revealing and moved me to tears.
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matthieu ricard explains why hearing dilgo khyentse rinpoche speak can change your life.
then dilgo speaks and tells exactly how to conquer upsetting emotions.
you experience dilgo's immense compassion and wonderous joy-has there ever been anyone like him documented in this way?
richard gere's great gift for all wanting healing.
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An excellent documentary. The detail into this wonderful teacher's life is exceptional. The photography, media and narration make this an excellent, intriguing story and teaching tool. It is both historical and inspirational. This is one DVD I shall review several times and glean all I can from Brilliant Moon's more subtle lessons. It imparts wisdom and enlightenment.
I see sometimes one's life purpose will unfold in spite of our own desire for our own life path if we but listen to the call. This man wanted to be a monk but his destiny was so much greater. May we be so humble as to dare to follow our true path.
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Granted this is a beautiful movie but you will only learn about the life of this selfless man. I was hoping to gain some insight on his beliefs. After seeing the movie "Buddha" narrated by Richard Gere I have total trust in his intentions on passing along wonderful teachings from enlightened people. I will keep trying his efforts.
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THIS IS A GOOD VIDEO BUT IT WAS NOT WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR - DO CHECK IT OUT IT MAY WE GOOD FOR YOU
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If you'd like to know more on buddhist masters this is a good video, but don't expect much on buddhist thoughts.
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