Vajra Sky Over Tibet

John Bush. 2006. 89 min.

Part of the Journey into Buddhism Trilogy

"I wish this film every success."'The Dalai Lama

"Beautifully shot inside Tibet's most sacred sites ... the peaceful principles of the faith infuse every frame."'Variety

Vajra is the thunderbolt of awakening that cuts through delusion. It is the indestructible power of truth at the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. Filmed in Central Tibet, Vajra Sky is a cinematic pilgrimage offering a direct experience of some of the most revered temples, monasteries, and festivals still surviving. The vastness of snow mountains, rushing rivers, and turquoise lakes leads the journey westward to the holy sites of Shigatse and Gyantse. Returning to Lhasa, the luminous faces of pilgrims in front of the legendary Jokhang Temple glow in the flicker of butter lamp offerings. The empty windows and doors of the traditional homes of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the Potala and Norbulinka, signal his painful absence. Yet the exuberant blossoms of the Summer Palace hold the promise of natural cycles of return. During the colorful Drepung Monastery festival, a giant scroll painting of the Buddha covers a mountain as spiritually famished Chinese join with the multitude of Tibetan pilgrims.

The film will be introduced by the director.

This Week in New York review (posted 5/5/10)

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art

Event Details

Fri 07 May 2010
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Free admission. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be picked up after 6:00 pm on the night of the screening.
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