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American Rimpoche

Film Screening

Saturday, June 7, 2014
8:00 PM–8:00 PM

The American Rimpoche is the documentary film about the life of Gelek Rimpoche, a former Tibetan monk now citizen of the United States. Born into a privileged life in a Tibet that no longer exists, he has lived an extraordinary life spanning continents, customs, and cultures. Framed by archival photos of old Tibet taken by Rimpoche’s father in the 1930s and ’40s, the film traverses the link between one man’s job as a modern spiritual teacher and the impact of Tibet’s myths and practices on Americans seeking direction in an increasingly complex world.
There will be a pre tour at 6:15p.m. of the exhibition:Count Your Blessings: The Art of Prayer Beads in Asia.
The screening is followed by a Q&A with Gelek Rimpoche, Philip Glass, Robert Thurman and filmmaker Nikki Appino.