intimate, compelling look at how the timeless teachings of contemporary Tibetan
Buddhist lamas address the big questions--and doubts--of the contemporary west,
seen through the narratives of leading practitioners, scholars, and
researchers. The photography is dazzling, the portraits extraordinary, the flow
natural and engaging.... This film lifts Tibetan Buddhism out of mere
historical exoticism, making it direct and relevant.
Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and
Religious Studies, Naropa University, author of
Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism.
In 1959, the Chinese invasion of
Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and
suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world.
WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us
on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the
world’s great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of
Through candid interviews with
contemporary teachers and practitioners, rare archival footage, and striking
images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha’s core
teachings, the film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of
Tibetan Buddhism, as it is manifesting in America and the West.
DVD, 96 minutes
View the trailer: Here