Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Living Buddha - 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Lately I've been posting more and more links to films on Youtube. Mostly because there's been a dry spell of Torrents and I'm getting lazy. This film has some really bad audio but is still watchable.

Living Buddha - 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
"Living Buddha" by Clemens Kuby is the real life story of the reincarnation of one of Tibet's greatest and most revered spiritual teachers, the Gyalwa Karmapa. The Karmapa is the traditional head of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwa Karmapa died in 1981 in Chicago and was born again 1985 in Tibet. Each successive Karmapa left details of their future rebirth, prophesying such things as the date and circumstances of their birth, even the names of their future parents.

When the previous Gyalwa Karmapa died, he had already entrusted his prediction letter and it was on this basis that a successful search was made to find his reincarnation. Kuby follows the search party and documents each successive stage up to the time of the 17th Karmapa's first public blessing at the age of eight. He was identified as Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the long awaited second son in a poor nomadic family in a remote area of eastern Tibet.
An exploration of Tibet as seen through the eyes of historian/documentarian Clemens Kuby. Central to the film is the consecration of the 17th Karmapa, who according to Tibetan belief, is the reincarnation of Buddha and plays a supremely important.


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