Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Destroyer of Illusion: The Secret World of a Tibetan Lama
This unique film focuses on the annual Mani Rimdu festival and on Trulshig Rinpoche, the renowned Nyingma Tibetan Lama who directs its performance.
Unprecedented access and intimate knowledge inform this richly detailed and beautifully filmed portait of a secret Tibetan Buddhist ritual, theMani Rimdu festival, a centuries-old tradition where monks battle the malevolent supernatural forces of the universe. Hundreds of tantric initiates gather once a year at Thubten Choling monastery to learn to become Garwang Tojay-chenpo, Lord of the Dance. He is called this because his infinite creativity is symbolized by dance and he personifies the compassion of all the Buddhas. Lord of the Dance is the deity of Mani Rimdu, the major sacred festival of the Mount Everest region of Nepal. Each Autumn, Trulshik Rinpoche, the spiritual leader of the region, goes from his home in Thubten Choling to Chiwong monastery to preside over the festival. His name means "Destroyer of Illusion". In this unique documentary filmed on location in the Mount Everest region we see the world through the eyes of those who undertake this ancient ceremony - a world where the mountains are filled with deities and a human being's potential is limited only by his imagination and his will.
Narrated by Richard Gere.
"A jewel of a documentary." The Boston Globe.
"Pulsating with colour, movement, music and faith." San Francisco Chronicle.
"In the West, we think of magic as the art of creating illusions. For Tibetans, destroying illusions is the highest form of magic." From the narration.