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On Sunday evening, I saw a movie by Christina Lundberg about Garchen Rinpoche. It was basically a documentary, talking about Rinpoche’s lifestory, his previous incarnations, his experience in the Kham resistance movement (yes, he was in the military for a couple years, believe it or not!) and the film has many of Rinpoche’s students and fellow teachers (Lamas primarily) talking about how blessed we are to have someone like him among us.
It was an incredibly inspiring, informative and uplifting film. There are also ample opportunities to cry, which for some of us, is a great thing! I have been studying and practicing within the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism since 2005, having first attended Garchen Rinpoche in 2007, so I have slowly gotten to know more about Rinpoche. However, I learned a lot during this movie. I had no idea he had been in the military. Apparently that is apart of why he went to prison for so long (20 years).
I don’t want to ruin much more of the film, but how could I, really? The cinematography is potent, subtle and gorgeous; the subtitles are clear and the translations solid. I actually want to watch the movie again because I missed some of the background as I was reading the translated words below, or I would miss the words as I was mesmerized by the beautiful scenery.
If you get the chance, I would highly recommend this special, precious film. It is showing at the Navy Memorial tonight (July 12th) and on Thursday night (the 14th). You can get off or on the metro right there at the National Archives stop. The address is 701 Pennsylvania Ave. Go watch it for the benefit of all beings!