Journey into Buddhism: Vajra Sky Over Tibet
Journey into Buddhism: Vajra Sky Over Tibet (2006)

Travel to the sacred temples, remote monasteries, and lively festivals of the Himalayan landscape with filmmaker John Bush in a cinematic pilgrimage into the heart of Tibetan Buddhist culture. All is not well in this central Asian region,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 15, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

In order for audiences to better appreciate the underpinnings of Buddhism and the risks involved with modern-day practice in Tibet, the man who made Vajra would've needed to get his documentarian's hands a little dirty.

Nathan Lee
New York Times

Vajra Sky Over Tibet demonstrates one alternative for moviemaking inside Tibet: the rhetorically inflated vacation video.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beautifully photographed in dazzling colors and with hypnotic chanting music... .

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Eventually you can't help wishing for some human contact. While the lulling narration by Bush and two exiled Tibetans is informative, it doesn't quite fill the gap.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

The film simply takes too long to deliver its message.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Not only the year's best documentary, but it is also among the finest films ever made about religion.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The material is so compelling that we keep watching.

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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

A well-photographed inside look at a fascinating culture and its people.

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Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

However honorable the intent, Bush's epic journey carries all the raw, visceral excitement of watching someone else's holiday slides.

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