Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Great Buddhist Films

Here is a collection of films I find very inspiring:

Unmistaken Child (Documentary 2008)

In Nepal, a venerable monk, Geshe Lama Konchog, dies and one of his disciples, a youthful monk named Tenzin Zopa, searches for his master's reincarnation. The film follows his search to the Tsum Valley where he finds a young boy of the right age who uncannily responds to Konchog's possessions. Is this the reincarnation of the master? After the boy passes several tests, Tenzin takes him to meet the Dalai Lama. Will the parents agree to let the boy go to the monastery, and, if so, how will the child respond? Central to the film is the relationship the child develops with Tenzin.

The Yogis of Tibet (2002)

For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices. -- IMDb Plot: The Yogis of Tibet (2002)
Kundun (1997)

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

"Is Consciousness Produced by the
Brain?" by Bruce Greyson

"Many of the cases that we have are unexplainable with the help of Western Medicine, but they are also unexplainable in terms of the reincarnation hypothesis. Sometimes you will see two children who seem to remember the same past life. Sometimes you will see a child that remembers the life of someone who died when the child was 6 months old. So the experiences overlap and there is no clear model that we can follow.
When I talk to near death experiences they will always start first with : "Words cannot explain my experience. I cannot describe it for you." Than I say:"That's great, tell me all about it!"
So we force them to tell us what they experience while we know they can't tell us what they experienced. They're fitting into words what they can't fit into words. The same is true for these rebirth memories: what actually happens us something that we, our brain can't understand.
So the models we can come up with do not really approach the reality. So if you ask me what I believe is after death, is something I can't possibly understand while I am in this brain."

Wheel of Time (2003)

1 h 21 min - Documentary

Wheel of Time is Werner
Herzog's photographed look
at the largest Buddhist ritual in
Bodh Gaya, India.

Carl Sagan interviews the Dalai Lama on the subject of science (video is a bit poor quality, but audio is clear)

(Oscar winning short)

It tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century.

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