The Spirit of Tibet

The Life and World of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Released by Shechen Productions, National Film Board of Canada, 1998

Script by Rudy Wurlitzer, Susan Finley & William Finley

Produced by Gabriella Martinelli

Executive producer Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Directed by Gabriella Martinelli, Vivian Kurz & Matthieu Ricard

Music by Philip Glass

Narrated by Richard Gere

The Spirit of Tibet is an intimate glimpse into the life and world of one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century teachers: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991). A writer, poet and meditation master, Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. His many students throughout the world included the Dalai Lama. This unique portrait tells Khyentse Rinpoche's story from birth to death . . . to rebirth — from his escape following China's invasion of Tibet to his determination to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings far and wide. His life leads us on a journey revealing the wonders of Tibet's art, ritual, philosophy and sacred dance. Along with rarely photographed areas of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, this film features interviews with the Dalai Lama, who speaks candidly about his own spiritual life. Director Matthieu Ricard — noted French photographer, Buddhist monk and best-selling author — travelled with Khyentse Rinpoche for over 14 years.

46 min., Color
DVD — 1998