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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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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This is the biography of an enlightened Buddhist master. We can learn so much form this video about what it takes to become enlightened and what an enlightened person can bring to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Magnoliaz
This is a beautiful film. I really enjoyed it and it is one I will watch over and over again.Published 6 months ago by balam
What can I say? Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche is one of the greatest masters of our time. His words written so eloquently appeal to both devout buddhists and lay people everywhere. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cat
I watch this every few months probably, and I am not one to re watch very many movies/documentaries, including my favorites. Highly recommend for those interested in this master. Read morePublished 9 months ago by A HAyes
Lots to learn from this look at the life of a very important Buddhist. Insider photos and information.Published 10 months ago by GHB