Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet
As featured elsewhere on The Yogini Project website, the unique portrayal of the Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. Purity.
Now being translated into 7 languages by The Yogini Project. We have already completed 6 translations of this film, which are now ready for subtitling and production.
Your support is greatly appreciated: Practitioners around the world will be able to receive the inspiration and blessings of these incredible female practitioners through being able to access this film in languages other than English through your generosity.
An additional video interview with Tsoknyi Rinpoche on the progress of transmitting this rare and precious lineage from Tibet to the Tsoknyi Nepal Nuns of Chobar Hill, Nepal will be recorded and included in all Yogini Project produced international versions of this film!
Spanish, German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, and Japanese translations are ready for subtitling and production.
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Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet tells the story of this extraordinary journey:
In the summer of 2005, renowned Buddhist teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, accompanied by a handful of western students, traveled to the Nangchen region in Eastern Tibet.
The purpose of the trip was to meet the Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns – 3000 remarkable women who live and practice an ancient yogic tradition in nunneries and hermitages scattered across this remote, mountainous region.
Narrated by Richard Gere, the video explores the fascinating world of the nuns as seen through the eyes of the western women practitioners who are connecting with the often strange, but hauntingly familiar, world of Tibetan Buddhism.
Compelling interviews with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Lama Tsultrim Allione place the practice Nangchen nuns in the context of the largely male dominated history of Buddhism in Tibet.
“Blessings” explores the roots of the nuns’ wisdom and compassion and shows how we, as ordinary human beings seeking happiness in a modern world, can find that same thread of sanity and inner strength in the everyday confusion of our lives.
The film inspires all of us….women and men…to open ourselves to the blessings of a full and authentic life.
Blessings is a luminous, inspiring, and very human account that will blow open your view of what is important in life.”
~ Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
30% of the proceeds from the sale of “Blessings” DVDs go to support the Nangchen Nuns.
Khandro: A Film by Babeth VanLoo
Sky Dancer is a film about the daily life and teachings of one of Tibetan Buddhism’s great female masters. In a world where ethnic and political tensions are driving people apart, we are transported to a community where Chinese and Tibetan students study together and are treated as equals. Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo the matriarch and spiritual leader of a remote area on the Tibetan plateau is one of very few women ever to receive a position of power in Tibetan Buddhism. Even more rare, she is the descendant of two extremely significant and highly respected masters of Tibetan Buddhism. The film is an inside look at the daily life and journey of this extraordinary woman who was a living example of wisdom and compassion in a world that so often seems to be lacking genuine examples of both.
Feeding Your Demons: The Life and Work of Lama Tsultrim Allione
Chasing Buddha: A Film About Venerable Robina Courtin
In The Minds of All Beings
In the Minds of All Beings: Tsogyal Latso of Tibet is a twenty-minute documentary that takes us to the eighth century birthplace of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, the founding mother of Tibetan Buddhism and the greatest enlightened woman in Tibet. Blending legend and history, the film recounts an ancient story and shows how the wisdom and blessings of Yeshe Tsogyal have continued to our present time.
Filmed during a pilgrimage in 2010, the narrative guides us on a pilgrimage of our own through the sacred landscape of Tsogyal Latso: a self-arisen visionary lake, healing springs with winter-blooming flowers and a vigorous life-force sandalwood tree which dates back to Tsogyal’s birth. The film introduces us to a small community of nuns who arrived there after the Cultural Revolution. They came to Tsogyal Latso to revitalize and care for this revered place of the sacred feminine and fulfill their deepest desire for spiritual practice.
In the Minds of All Beings: Tsogyal Latso of Tibet was created to increase public awareness about Yeshe Tsogyal, her sacred birthplace, and the inspiring accomplishments of a small community of nuns equipped only with faith. The film captures the charged and stark beauty of the landscape and the gentle, loving presence of this spiritual community.
The title leads us to the film’s deep spiritual insight: Yeshe Tsogyal’s wisdom is found in the minds of all beings and in the world around us.
Women of Tibet: The Great Mother
Gyalyum Chemo: The Great Mother recounts the compelling life story of Dekyi Tsering, the mother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan people call her “Gyalyum Chemo” or “Great Mother.” During the course of her long and extraordinary life, she gave birth to sixteen children, seven who survived, three of whom were recognized as incarnate lamas, and one who has been recognized by millions around the globe as one of the world’s leading ambassadors for peace.
Dekyi Tsering’s story embodies the generosity and wisdom of the “Great Mother” archetype in action. By following the journey of her life and times, we can see the gifts that mothers can and do give when there is nothing left to give; how a mother’s love survives regardless of loss; and how simple gestures of encouragement and support can profoundly impact the course of one’s life. These are the qualities of motherhood that not only keep a family together, but have also helped to keep a nation together as it faced cultural genocide and exile. They are also the qualities that helped inspire the strength to preserve culture, family, and tradition while in exile.
The film weaves together a rich life history of anecdotal threads and personal reflections from her children, grandchildren, and friends who share the details of her long and full life. We are guided and inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who speaks candidly of his admiration and respect for his mother and the profound impact she had on him.
Dr. Marion Woodman (Addiction to Perfection), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), and Angeles Arrien (The Second Half of Life) link this uniquely Tibetan story to a much broader perspective of motherhood and how the Great Mother lives within each of us.
Dekyi Tsering’s story, as seen through the larger lens of the universal Great Mother, skillfully conveys how the greater forces of love, generosity, and mercy are constantly called into being.
Part of a unique film trilogy known as Women of Tibet produced by Frame of Mind Films, Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo – The Great Mother is an inspired hour-long journey into the spiritual force of motherhood. The storytellers provide a universal link to an ancient philosophy that continues to have a profound impact on today’s world.
There are two further films in this series:
Women of Tibet: A Quiet Revolution
Women of Tibet: The Buddha’s Wife
Daughters of Wisdom
Daughters of Wisdom is an intimate portrait of the nuns of Kala Rongo, a rare and exceptional Buddhist Monastery exclusively for women situated in Nangchen, in remote and rural northeastern Tibet. These nuns are receiving religious and educational training previously unavailable to women, and playing an unprecedented role in preserving their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it. They graciously allow the camera a never-before-seen glimpse into their vibrant spiritual community and insight into their extraordinary lives. Some shy, some outspoken, all are committed to the often difficult life they have chosen, away from the yak farms and herding families of their birth. It is the story of their spiritual community, one that couldn’t have existed 20 years ago but is thriving today.
In the Shadow of Buddha
In the Shadow of Buddha takes us to the seldom seen world of Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in northernmost India. This is a film about beauty, poverty, hope, and faith. About old women and young girls and the worlds they share. A film told through universal stories, set to a shockingly exotic culture and landscape. A film that rings with the truth of the kitchen and the classroom, and the hardships and triumphs of everyday lives.
Through their own voice, without narration, we explore the paradox that being a woman within Tibetan Buddhism represents. For these women the notion that a woman can be educated and that being born a female is not a punishment of past deeds is currently challenging thousands of years of history.