This is a film made for National Geographic in 2006 featuring explorer in residence Wade Davis as he takes a personal journey into Tibetan Buddhism.
The film is unusual in that it is not a ethnological report by an outsider as is usually the case, but the story of one man’s entry into religious experience.
The film was made as part of his seven part series The Light at the Edge of the World, which was about remote communities around the world.
The film is shot mainly in Nepal, and follows Davis’ journey to Thubten Choling to meet Trulshik Rinpoche, who was one of the main teachers of the Dalai Lama.
He also meets up with Matthieu Ricard, who comes apparently to help with the translations, and ends up as one of Davis’ best guides to the tradition.
From my point of view the film is a little naïve and gushing, and makes a too easy correlation between science and Buddhism, but it is still one of those films that is likely to remain with you.
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