Tuesday, September 2, 2008

23rd Kagyupa 17th Karmapa Documentary

The 23rd Great Aspiration Puja of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyupa Lineage

Under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhagaya, India, the site where Buddha Sakyamuni attained complete and perfect enlightenment, a praying gathering called the Kagyu Monlam is held every year from the 8th to the 15th day of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar.

The gathering is formally known as the Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo, which in English means "The Great Aspiration Puja of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyupa Lineage."

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the crown jewel of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, has presided over the praying gathering since 2004, and now it has become the greatest annual event of the lineage.


1 comment:

  1. Here is another related documentary you might be interested in posting:

    Karmapa - Two Ways of Divinity by Arto Halonen Finland, 1998


    Apart from the exiled Dalai Lama, who is living in India, Tibetan Buddhism has various other spiritual leaders. One of them is the leader of the Karmapa sect, whose birth was already
    predicted by the first Buddha, Siddharta Gautama. When the sixteenth reincarnation of the Karmapa leader died in the United States in 1981, monks start a search for the next reincarnation. Ten years later, representatives of the Chinese government in Tibet say they have found him, but an alternative candidate is pushed forward in India. This is the onset of a fierce political sparring. All in all, the production of this double portrait of both hallowed youngsters took six years. Prior to the shooting period from 1994 to 1997, director Arto Halonen (1964) had to wait for three years for permission by the Chinese authorities to film in Tibet, but he concealed the fact that the Dalai Lama and the second intended Karmapa leader, also living in exile in India, would be in his film, too.

    A unique, award-winning documentary on the Karmapa and how China used him as a
    springboard for its politics that has led to the violation of religious rights. On another level, the film tells the story of the existence of two rival candidates for the title of Karmapa and how the situation of two Karmapas provoked an internal crisis within the Buddhist denomination, as proponents split into different camps. The documentary was made between 1994 -1998 in Tibet, China and India and features the Dalai Lama as well as representatives of the Chinese Government.