Monday, October 21, 2013
In America, the Dalai Lama has achieved rock-star status, and it is to him and Tibetan Buddhism we have turned for answers to many of today's pressing conflicts and concerns.
Gelek Rimpoche was born in this legendary Shangri-la. Trained as a traditional monk then forced to flee in 1959, he has lived an extraordinary life spanning continents, customs and cultures. No longer in monk's robes, now a citizen of the United States, his story is a mirror of Americaís romance with Tibet and the assimilation of its unique treasures.
The feature-length documentary "American Rimpoche: A Tibetan Lama in the 21st Century" will interweave conversations with Gelek Rimpoche and interviews with key players in Americanís adoption of Tibetan Buddhism. Framed by remarkable photos of old Tibet taken by Rimpocheís father in the 1940's and 50's, the film will break ground in exploring one manís job as a modern spiritual leader and the impact of Tibet's myths and practices on Americans seeking direction in an increasingly complex world.