Synopsis: Now on UK/European PAL format region 2. Directed by the Bhutanese Lama Neten Chokling Rinpoche, this feature film of Tibet's greatest yogi Milarepa is a story brimming with spectacular scenery, adventure, magic and mystery. Rinpoche previously worked with fellow filmmaker Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on the Cup and Travellers and Magicians. Filmed entirely on location in the remote and beautiful Himalayan valley of Spiti with an all Tibetan/Bhutanese cast.
This film focuses only on the first part of Milarepa's life - a tale of youthful rage, revenge, black magic and murder against those who had badly wronged his family and then his eventual redemption. An old monk reveals the essence of the Buddha's teachings: cease negative actions, cultivate positive actions, and tame your wild mind. As the gravity of his dreadful actions dawns upon him he finds victory over his enemies does not leave him vindicated. Instead it teaches him the futility of revenge and propels him on another journey - this time to find a spiritual master who can help deliver him from the evil karma that haunts him - Marpa. One of the most revered figures in Tibetan history, Milarepa's story became a legend, inspiring millions. His path to enlightenment began with revenge...
In Tibetan language with English subtitles. DVD Bonus features: "Who is Milarepa?" documentary with an exclusive introduction by Lama Chime Rinpoche. PAL region 2 format.
"A life-transforming spiritual awakening...strong performances and gorgeous production value, thoroughly convincing." Screen International.
"A masterful portrait of Tibet's most illustrious saint whose life and enlightenment is an inspiration for today's world." Sogyal Rinpoche.
"I cry, weep and feel a strong sense of faith each time I read or hear the story of Milarepa, the great yogi of Tibet." The Dalai Lama.
Disc Two: Teachings on Milarepa (175 minutes): a documentary film introduction to the Buddhist teachings of Milarepa, which features Pema Chodron, Khandro Rinpoche, Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche and others talking about Milarepa's life and teachings and how we can incorporate them into our lives. A wonderful accompaniment to the main film.