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  The Cup (DVD)
By: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse




 
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Format: DVD / NTSC 90 min.
Publication Date: 2007

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Prayer. Meditation. Rituals. Soccer?

World Cup soccer fever sweeps into a remote Himalayan monastery and centuries-old traditions are threatened the young monks will do just about anything to watch the final match, posing a unique challenge to the venerable lamas in charge. An inspiring tale of colliding cultures, midnight escapades and daring secret plots."

  • A true story
  • Filmed on location at Chokling Monastery, India
  • Vibrant 16:9 transfer direct from film to HD master

Bhutanese filmmaker Khyentse Norbu is one of the most important incarnate lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition today. Known more widely by his ecclesiastical title, H.E. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, he was recognized at the age of seven as the incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820 -1892), a great religious reformer and saint who played a pivotal role in the revitalization and preservation of Buddhism in Tibet in the 19th century.

As the living heir to the Khyentse lineage, Khyentse Norbu exemplifies a non-sectarian spirit. His rigorous training in the Buddhist classical tradition, mixed with a deep interest in the film medium, makes him one of the most provocative interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism today. In keeping with his lineage, he has sought to bridge both old and new, and east and west.

Authenticity in The Cup was paramount for Khyentse Norbu, and he chose Chokling Monastery, situated in a Tibetan refugee settlement nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, as the main location for the film.

The cast was mainly drawn from members of the monastery and none had any acting experience whatsoever, and most did not understand English. As Khyentse Norbu's script was written in English, no scripts were passed out in advance of the day's shoot and all actors were briefed scene-to-scene. Dialogue was prompted and memorized on the spot, and most scenes were completed within three takes or less - a testament to the actors' monastic discipline and concentration.

Features
  • Inside The Cup
  • Director's commentary
  • Booklet with production notes and interview with Khyentse Norbu
  • Buddhist film trailers

A portion of the net proceeds from sales of this DVD will benefit Khyentse Foundation.


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