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Bodhisattva: The Journey of the Seventeenth Karmapa (DVD)
By: Mark Elliott


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Format: DVD
ISBN: 9780985978518
Publication Date: June 2013

Product Code: 18631


Bodhisattva portrays the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, one of the most important lamas in the world of Tibetan Buddhism, at a unique moment in his trajectory as a teacher: his first visit to the United States (and the West). In this hour-long documentary, this young man of extraordinary warmth, humanity, humor, and charisma speaks to packed auditoriums and delights in encountering this new world. As a sequel to Mark Elliott's earlier The Lions Roar (1987), a documentary about the previous Karmapa's first trip to the West, Bodhisattva continues to chronicle the life of this significant spiritual figure and his role in the transmission of Buddhism to the West.

Bodhisattva captures not only the Karmapa's disarming honesty and genuine faith in his role as a bodhisattva, or one born to benefit others, but also reveals much about the fascinating question of transmission of religion, or belief system, from one culture to the next. The Karmapa gives profound teachings on the importance of thinking in new ways in order to address the social and environmental problems facing humanity, emphasizing how we are all deeply interconnected. Our recognition of this interconnection through the Karmapa's teachings in this film gives hope for regeneration.

Bodhisattva interweaves footage shot on tour, with superb background footage of the Karmapa's childhood in Tibet, sequences in Dharamsala, India, and film of the previous Sixteenth Karmapa.

Meet the 17th Karmapa!

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