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Friday
Feb282014

When the Iron Bird Flies...Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West

'When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth.'~ Guru Padmasambhava of Tibet, 8th Century

In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Richard Gere during the filming of WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES.
photo by © WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES
 

WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world's great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. Along the way, the film tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism.

Anam Thubten meets with a student at Dhyana Hall in Point Richmond, California.
photo by © WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES

The film investigates the question: “In these increasingly challenging times, can these age-old teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?”

"When the Iron Bird Flies offers a lively, gripping and down-to-earth introduction to the most basic of human truths: the ways in which our minds are never lastingly satisfied and our existential uneasiness -- and how we can finally find peace. I highly recommend it."
Daniel Goleman, Author of the New York Times best seller, ‘Emotional Intelligence’

Through candid interviews with contemporary teachers and practitioners, rare archival footage, and striking images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha’s core teachings, the film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism, as it is manifesting in America and the West.

View Trailer Here:

 

APPEARANCES BY:

ANAM THUBTEN • B. ALAN WALLACE • CHOKYI NYIMA RINPOCHE • HH DALAI LAMA • DZIGAR KONGTRUL RINPOCHE • DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE • E. GENE SMITH • ELIZABETH MATTIS-NAMGYAL • FLEET MAULL • GESHE KELSANG WANGMO • JETSUN KHANDRO RINPOCHE • MATTHIEU RICARD • PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE • REGINALD RAY • DR. RICHARD DAVIDSON • RICHARD GERE • TSOKNYI RINPOCHE • LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE • and others...USA • Running time: 96 minutes • English • Not Rated • Color and B&W © 2012 Chariot Productions & Pundarika Foundation 

Please NOTE this film is available for television/theatrical release and international academic release ONLY.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not familiar with the origins of Tibetan Buddhism here is a brief introduction narrated by Richard Gere: