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(An imprint of Michael Wiese Productions)
A remarkable film visiting the sacred sites of the Dalai Lamas in Tibet, a pilgrimage with translator and author Glenn Mullin. This fascinating journey explores the caves where the early Buddhist masters meditated, enters the monasteries where the Dalai Lamas and others taught, and – at an altitude of over 16,000 feet – looks down into the famous oracle lake of Lhamo Lhatso where every Dalai Lama has had prophetic visions.
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Music Video – Visuals from the DVD (included as a special feature on the DVD)
The sacred sites:
• Potala • Jokhang • Drepung Monastery • Nechung • Drak Yerpa Valley • The caves of Songsten Gampo, Jowo Atisha, and Guru Rinpoche • Samye Monastery • Lambhu Lagang Castle • Ani Sanku Nunnery • Lama Tsongkhapa Meditation Cave • Tranduk • Kangyur Stupa • Terdak Lingpa • Tashi Lumpo • Champa Zhishi • Sakya • Chokhor Gyal • Milarepa’s Cave • The Oracle Lake
Our guides on the pilgrimage
Steve Dancz is a musician and a composer for National Geographic television specials. He has performed with his jazz band for the Dalai Lama’s Sacred Music Festival in India among other international appearances.
Glenn Mullin, (Lama Maitrizopa) studied Buddhism with the Tibetan refugees in India for over 12 years. His two most important teachers were Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Dorjechang, the two spiritual masters of the Dalai Lama. He has written 25 books on Tibetan culture, including a dozen on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. His latest is The Flying Mystics of Tibetan Buddhism (Serindia Press).
Khenpo Tashi is a Bhutanese monk, international Buddhist teacher, curator of Bhutan’s national museum, friend of the royal family and presents a daily radio program in Bhutan.
The DVD includes the 76 minute film, an 8 minute music video and two 20-minute interviews, “The Art of Pilgrimage with Glenn Mullin” and “A Monk’s Perspective with Khenpo Tashi”.
For those in the UK
”...a rather rare film when it comes to movies about Tibet. The vast majority of films address the current political and social situation in Tibet, and so Tibet and its people tend to almost become a backdrop to what has been and is happening in that magnificent country. This movie is a definite exception to that rule.
Filmmaker Michael Wiese has instead created a work of art that instead focuses on the country of Tibet and the amazing resilience of the Tibetans in the face of extraordinary and horrific circumstances, leading the viewer to a greater appreciation for the landscape and the example that the Dalai Lamas and all of the Tibetan people have set for the rest of us to follow.
...Wiese was able to capture thought-provoking footage by not actually bringing along a film crew, likely reducing his chances of having his work confiscated by government officials in spite of filming some material that could have been considered rather sensitive.
...is an outstanding work of art, and should be included on the list of “must see” films for anyone interested in Buddhism, Tibet, or Tibetan culture and its people. ELEPHANT Journal
“Sacred Sites is visually rich, with footage of an incredible variety of Buddhist sites. While its sprawling outdoor shots of mountains and valleys are gorgeous, the real beauty of this documentary is in how it captures ordinary people in their environments….offers a glimpse of things so rarely seen.
Sacred Sites is an excellent film for anyone interested in making a religious pilgrimage, and is probably the closest one can get without actually going.” TRICYCLE Magazine
“By following the footsteps of enlightened beings we can for a brief moment experience something truly mystical. Watch this DVD and experience the adventure for yourself.” Lotus Guide Magazine
“The film has a lot of charm, is sincere and winning. It is an easy way to visit Tibet. Glenn is as engaging as ever. The photography is good and the story well told.” Tenzin Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S
“I felt like I was there…and blessed.” A Tibetan Monk