This is the first of a sensitive two-part documentary showing how death and dying is contextualised in the traditional Buddhist culture in Ladakh. A Tibetan man has died and the family gather round as the Tibetan Book of the Dead is read to help guide the dead man into a good rebirth in his future life.
There is an interview with HH The Dalai Lama; interviews with ordinary Ladakhis and we see how they feel about death and dying; and we also see how those teachings are also helping people in the West to undergo the transition from life to death and back to life again at the Living/Dying project in the USA.
The documentary was made as a joint project between NHK (Japan), Mistral (France) and NFC (Cananda), and has a haunting narration by Leonard Cohen, one of the earliest and most intelligent of the “celebrity” converts to Buddhism in the West.
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