This is from a series of films by Global Television shot all over world, giving well photographed introductions to various places, of which we will be focusing on the ones of interest to Buddhists.
The films are quite light introductions to their subjects, mainly good photography, well chosen soundtracks, and a reasonable, but sometimes inaccurate, narration giving a cultural and historical introduction to its subject.
In this week’s episode we visit the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim, which is now the most northerly part of India, for a look round the country and a visit to some of its most famous temples.
The film really tries to cover too much ground in one 25-minute episode, and would have been better if it had allowed more time, but in any case we are taken on a whirlwind tour of some of the best Gompas (monasteries) in the country.
Amongst others we visit the Dashiding, Dubdi, Pemayangtse, Mangbru and Rumtek Gompas, the latter being the Headquarters of the present Karmapa; all these places are richly decorated in the Tibetan style, and present a feast of Buddhist and historical imagery.
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