Saturday, December 10, 2022
$25 | In-person at Tibet House US
Tibet House Movie Nights is pleased to present a screening of Precious Guru (2019) with filmmaker Marc Wennberg in attendance. He will be joined by Robert Thurman, founder of Tibet House US, for a brief introductory conversation, and there will be time for Q&A after the screening.
Endorsed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama (http://triptychjourney.org/message-holiness-dalai-lama/), Precious Guru is a feature-length documentary movie that gives vivid insight into the life, times and legacy of Padmasambhava – the 8th century Indian yogi who carried Buddhism over the Himalayas into Tibet. The story unfolds against a backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and vast landscapes. It is told via the voices of people from three continents. Revered for centuries in the Himalayan regions as the second Buddha, Padmasambhava’s influence is now a global phenomenon, carried across the world by refugee lamas, following the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1959. He is also known as Guru Rinpoche – which translates as Precious Guru.
But in contrast to the first Buddha Shakamuni, Padmasambhava is not an ascetic monk. He is a wild man who had many lovers. He is a magician who had a miraculous birth, who subdued demons and bound them to the dharma – the Buddhist teachings. He is the Buddha for our times. Beneath the tales of his fabulous exploits lies a radically relevant truth – the darker the times, the greater the potential for transformation.
Director-producer Marc Wennberg is fascinated by Guru Rinpoche. “He kept surfacing in my life and I wanted to know more about him,” says Marc. “What began as a personal exploration ended up as a film.” In 2013 Marc travelled with seven people more than 15,000 miles through the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and also Mongolia. Precious Guru is a tribute to the resonance of Padmasambhava’s realisation, which is still a vibrant reality for many thousands of people today. The voices that tell his story include Tibetan monastics and lay people encountered by Marc’s group on their Himalayan travels, accomplished lamas like Mingyur Rinpoche, western Buddhist teachers like Lama Tsultrim Allione, Lama Glenn Mullin and Professor Robert Thurman.
It took six years of fundraising, consultation, interviewing and the creative work involved in crafting and finessing a top-quality film. “We’ve received donations from more than 500 individuals across 40 countries,” says Marc, “and we’ve heard from many supporters who believe that Guru Rinpoche’s story and message is the right medicine for these dark times.”
*Members of the Tibetan community are invited to join this event for free. Please reach out to [email protected] to RSVP.