The Journey of Xuanzang is a lavishly illustrated 12-part biography of the great Chinese traveler and translator Xuanzang, based on Records of the Western World and A Biography of the Tripitaka Master.
This film in an innovative look at the situation facing the children and their carers on the streets of Kampala in Uganda, and also follows them back to their homeland when the authorities remove them before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2007.
Four wonderful and heartfelt songs sung by the Tibetan Nun Ani Choying Drolma. The first is a music video recorded at the Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. The others were recorded live in Germany.
Today is International Women’s Day, and Wangari Maathai is one of the most articulate women alive at present, for nearly 40 years her voice has been heard in support of women and women’s rights, the environment and sustainable development, and peace and reconciliation around the world.
For a number of years I lived in ashrams in India, before eventually retiring to Sri Lanka and ordaining. One of the things I remember most fondly about my time in the ashrams there was the Bhajan and Kirtan singing which generally took place each evening.
This is a well-researched and informative documentary about the Sacred Temple of Shri Tribhuvan Maheshwar that is now known as Banteay Srei, which stands 25km north-east of the main Angkor complex in Cambodia.
In this last episode we first visit Kashgar, the Town of Beautiful Tiles, which is where the Silk Road meets up again, after crossing the Taklamakan desert via two different roads.
The silk road featured some beautiful music by someone who was barely known at the time, and who was brought to prominence by writing the haunting theme music for the series, the Japanese musician Kitaro.
This week the expedition, which has been traveling along the southern trade routes, doubles back and explores the area along the northern route.