“When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth.” Guru Padmasambhava of Tibet, 8th century. In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism. Suddenly, this rich tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth. The film investigates the question, “In these increasingly challenging times, can these age-old teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?” Join us for the screening and discussion.
Teachers: Victress Hitchcock and Tenzin Namsel
Date: Friday March 27, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: There is no charge, dana accepted.
Location: Insight Santa Cruz.
How to Register: No registration required
Victress Hitchcock, an honors graduate from London Film School, began making Buddhist films 40 years ago, including award winning documentaries (What can I Tell You, Nicholas & the Baby, Song of the Open Road, and Blessings). She’s received a Creative Fellowship in Media and grants from the Ford Foundation, and both the Colorado and Arizona Humanities Councils. With her new film, When the Iron Bird Flies, she extends her exploration of Tibetan Buddhism to include its remarkable journey from the monasteries of Tibet to mainstream modern western culture.
Tenzin Namsel is an American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition and has practiced since 2000. He took novice ordination with HH Dalai Lama in 2008. Namsel has studied under Buddhist masters within the Gelugpa and Nyingma lineages. His primary teachers are Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He currently lives in Crestone, Colorado.