THE STATE ORACLE OF TIBET
The Dalai Lama, his government in exile and 200,000 Tibetan refugees have been living in Dharamsala since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959. This small village is located in the north of India, in a state named Himachal Pradesh. The main Tibetan monasteries have been reconstructed throughout the years thanks to the generosity of the donors.The monastery of Nechung has a very special position among these: indeed, its abbot is the medium of the protective spirit of Tibet which guides the Dalai Lama and his government in exile.
A YEAR IN TIBET EPISODE 1: THE VISIT
This visually stunning series about life in Tibet has been three years in the making. Centered around Gyantse, Tibet's third largest town and a neighboring village, A Year in Tibet has had unprecedented access to ordinary people and gives a remarkable insight into how they cope with living under Chinese Communist rule.
The Panchen Lama, the highest ranking Buddhist living in Tibet today, pays a sudden visit to the local monastery and throws the monks into turmoil. Responsibility for organizing the visit falls on the deputy head lama, Tsultrim. He has to arrange for the wild dogs in the monastery to be rounded up, and gives the buildings their first proper clean in twenty years.
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