This is the tenth part of a series of short films about Buddhism and especially its artistic and cultural contributions in India and surrounding countries by the renowned Indian cultural historian Benoy H. Behl, whose films I have featured many times on this website.
This week’s episode recaps on the spread of Vajarayāna Buddhism out of the great universities in eastern India and into the Himalayan regions of India of Spiti, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh and beyond.
After outlining the progress of the religion we then get a detailed look at one of the most impressive art forms to arise in the Himalayas, the Cham dance form. We hear what it means for the performers, as well as for the spectators as these ritual dances are enacted.
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