Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (1984)

This trilogy of films on Tibetans in exile focuses first on daily life in a refugee community in southern India, then on life and rituals in a similar community far to the north, in Nepal, and finally, on a two-hour puja or meditation on… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 8, 1984
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Long before the two-hour mark, Coleman's documentary begins to more resemble a photographic tour through a museum than an exploration of a living religion.

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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly

Recut and reassembled at just a little over two hours, the new version of the film is a staggering and bracing object, stylistically bold and hypnotically captivating.

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Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

A challenge, so dense is it in the philosphical arcana of Tibetan Buddhism. But the images are amazing and intimate, particularly those involving the Dalai Lama as he greets his flock with ease and good humour.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

A rigorous, labor-intensive viewing experience, but there's something to be said for its unadorned purity.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Watching tranquility and devotion does not translate to nonpractitioners as much more than a travel ad for the budding Larry Darrells among us.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Captures both the spirituality and humanity of monastic life.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

I, for one, knew nothing about Buddhism going into this film and was eager to find out about the principles of the religion. After two hours of grueling ceremonies and rituals, I knew barely anything more than I did before.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Coleman's ethnographic style resembles the American masters and provides a startling insider's view of the selfless devotion of the monks.

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David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

This pilgrim's taste runs more to Martin Scorsese's Tibetan drama Kundun, and a third-act exit should not be taken by the pious as a skeptic's review.

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