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The festival, which lasts ten days, arose out of the desire to create a strong positive bond for inner peace among a large number of people. The monks begin with chants, music, and mantra recitation to bless the site so that it will be conducive for creating the sand mandala. The magnificently beautiful mandala, which signifies the wheel of time, is carefully constructed at the start of the festival using fourteen different tints of colored sand, then dismantled at the end to dramatize the impermanence of all things. Once built, it is kept in a glass case for the duration of the proceedings so that it will not be disturbed. The most striking aspect of the film are the scenes showing the devotion of the participants. Using two interpreters, Herzog interviews a monk who took three and one-half years to reach the festival while doing prostrations on the 3000-mile journey.Read more ›
Such omissions are so glaring that they could only be intentional. Herzog wants the images and sounds to do the talking. Or, more accurately, he just doesn't want the dark corners of human experience to be ruined by words.
I think to be able to appreciate (or even tolerate) this film, you've got to understand Herzog's take on this. Consider, for example, these quotes from a GQ interview:
"I think psychology and self-reflection is one of the major catastrophes of the twentieth century. A major, major mistake. And it's only one of the mistakes of the twentieth century, which makes me think that the twentieth century in its entirety was a mistake.
"The Spanish Inquisition had one goal, to eradicate all traces of Muslim faith on the soil of Spain, and hence you had to confess and proclaim the innermost deepest nature of your faith to the commission. And almost as a parallel event, explaining and scrutinizing the human soul, into all its niches and crooks and abysses and dark corners, is not doing good to humans.
"We have to have our dark corners and the unexplained. We will become uninhabitable in a way an apartment will become uninhabitable if you illuminate every single dark corner and under the table and wherever--you cannot live in a house like this anymore.Read more ›
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This is a video about the Kalachakra Mandala. Very helpful for those trying to start a Kalachakra practice. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Silvia Carry
Wonderful documentary filled with visuals and simple explications about Buddhism , the Dali Lama , devotees including an insight to the people of faith that are not ordained.Published on January 8, 2011 by Nunzio Belladonna
A documentary in three parts: the Kalachakra Mandala Initiation in January 2002 for 500,000 pilgrims and monks at Bodh Gaya, India where the Buddha attained enlightenment; a visit... Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by Jerome Ryan
German filmmaker Werner Herzog as usual is exceptional at film and captures everyday life of Buddhists on their pilgrimage to Bhod Gaya. Read morePublished on May 16, 2009 by bernie
As many other Herzog's films, the WOT looks deceptively content less, with a narrative that is descriptive in the simplest possible way, but never explanatory - nor (and that is... Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by kaioatey
This is a stunning film with unadorned footage of Buddhist monks ... the film speaks for itself and cinematography is of the best quality.Published on January 1, 2008 by Patricia Burke
First of all, this is one of the poorest, most amateurish documentaries I have ever seen made by a so called "professional" film maker. Read morePublished on November 21, 2007 by KV Trout
I love anything that has to do with sand mandalas and buddhism. Mandalas are complex to explain but their creation as well as their destruction is a fascinating aspect of the... Read morePublished on June 10, 2007 by Tania E. Lara Pretto