Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
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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 Green Tara, the national protectoress of Tibet and remover of life's obstacles. The Tara meditation is chanted with drums, horns, cymbals, and multiple hand gestures, and illustrated by images of the green-skinned female saint (bodhisattva) sitting on a lotus. It is spellbinding and inspirational for some viewers, and a little too long for others. The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"It's an impressionistic experience rather than a linear one, and the process of surrendering to the images and rhythms of lives lived in simultaneous harmony with the physical and the spiritual is greatly helped by the chants."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A rigorous, labor-intensive viewing experience, but there's something to be said for its unadorned purity."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Watching tranquility and devotion does not translate to nonpractitioners as much more than a travel ad for the budding Larry Darrells among us."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Captures both the spirituality and humanity of monastic life."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A stunning achievement."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"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."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Coleman's ethnographic style resembles the American masters and provides a startling insider's view of the selfless devotion of the monks."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
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