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6 Documentaries On The Mystic Land Of Tibet That Inspired The Myths Of Shambhala And Shangri-La From Its Ancient Beginnings Through Its Leadership Under The Dalai Lama To Its Incorporation Into The People’s Republic Of China - 3 1/3 Hours Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #Tibet #ModernTibet #DalaiLama #The14thDalaiLama #TenzinGyatso #Sovereignty #SeventeenPointAgreementForThePeacefulLiberationOfTibet #TibetanIndependenceDay #13thDalaiLama #ThubtenGyatso #ThubBstanRgyaMtsho #FivePointProclamation #FivePointStatement #TibetanUprisingDay #TibetanUprising #TibetanRebellion #The1959TibetanUprising #The1959TibetanRebellion #Lhasa #PRC #TibetanBuddhism #DalaiLamas #CentralTibetanAdministration #CTA #TibetanGovernmentInExile #TibetanHistory #HistoryOfTibet #ChineseRevolution #1911Revolution #XinhaiRevolution #ChineseHistory #HistoryOfChina #ModernChineseHistory #HistoryOfModernChina #China #ModernChina #PeoplesRepublicOfChina #India #Tezpur #Assam #CIA #CIASpecialActivitiesDivision #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
TIBET: THE BAMBOO CURTAIN FALLS (Color, 1981, 49 Minutes).
An excellent episode of The World About Us that documents the history of political struggle between Tibet and China through heartbreakingly beautiful color archival film footage that document Tibetan Buddhist public rituals in the days before Chinese occupation from Tibet, as well as the exodus of the Tibetans from their homeland to India lead by the 15 year old Dalai Lama. The beauty of the land before, and devastation of the land after, Chinese occupation make this documentary extraordinarily compelling.
OCEAN OF WISDOM: THE DALAI LAMA (Color, 1990, 29 Minutes).
The enlightening 1990 documentary on the life, times and Nobel Prize winning work of the 14th and current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the temporal and spiritual leader of the government of Tibet in exile .
TERRA X: AN EXPEDITION TO THE JEWEL OF THE SNOW (Color, 1986, 23 Minutes).
Mount Kailasa in the north of Tibet is one of the holiest sites in all Tibetan Buddhism, and is depicted on many of its spiritual works of art over the centuries. This documentary records the difficult progress of a dangerous expedition to this remote mountain, and its adjacent holy lake Manasarovar, some thirty years after the last westerner was allowed to enter, and along the way illustrates the history and significance of these holy sites.
RED FLAG OVER TIBET (Color, 1989, 49 Minutes).
A one-of-a-kind glimpse behind the bamboo curtain into the repression and human rights abuses suffered by the Tibetan people, including extraordinary smuggled video footage of terrible violence perpetrated upon political protesters within the country, along with a humane assessment of the matter by the Dalai Lama himself.
THE LOST YEARS OF JESUS: TIBET'S ARCHIVES REGARDING ST. ISSA (Excerpt) (Color, 1977, 28 Minutes).
A segment of the 1977 film that documents the missing years of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded by Tibetan monks in the 12th century regarding his experiences in India as well as his ultimate crucifixion.
TERRA X: DEMONS ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD (Color, 1988, 23 Minutes).
The peoples of the Bon sect of Tibet struggled hard to keep their own animistic religion intact by resisting the initial spread of Buddhism throughout the empire as the state religion. The solution to the conflict was the incorporation of the Bon religion into Buddhism, and in this synthesis, even so-called evil spirits were incorporated into the Buddhist hierarchy so as to harmonize their aspects with divine will. This documentary explains how this was achieved while presenting a view on Tibetan beliefs not otherwise available to western observers.
Tibet is a region in East Asia covering much of the Tibetan Plateau spanning about 2,500,000 km2 (970,000 sq mi). It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa, and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,380 m (14,000 ft). Located in the Himalayas, the highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain, rising 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level. The Tibetan Empire emerged in the 7th century, but with the fall of the empire, the region soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet (U-Tsang) was often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule after the Battle of Chamdo; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century. Following the Xinhai Revolution against the Qing dynasty in 1912, Qing soldiers were disarmed and escorted out of Tibet Area (U-Tsang). The region subsequently declared its independence in 1913 without recognition by the subsequent Chinese Republican government. Later, Lhasa took control of the western part of Xikang, China. The region maintained its autonomy until 1951 when, following the Battle of Chamdo, Tibet was occupied and incorporated into the People's Republic of China, and the previous Tibetan government was abolished in 1959 after a failed uprising. Today, China governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while the eastern areas are now mostly ethnic autonomous prefectures within Sichuan, Qinghai and other neighbouring provinces. There are tensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups that are active in exile. Tibetan activists in Tibet have reportedly been arrested or tortured. The economy of Tibet is dominated by subsistence agriculture, though tourism has become a growing industry in recent decades. The dominant religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism; in addition there is Bon, which is similar to Tibetan Buddhism, and there are also Tibetan Muslims and Christian minorities. Tibetan Buddhism is a primary influence on the art, music, and festivals of the region. Tibetan architecture reflects Chinese and Indian influences. Staple foods in Tibet are roasted barley, yak meat, and butter tea.
Dalai Lama is a title given by the Tibetan people to the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest and most dominant of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who lives as a refugee in India. The Dalai Lama is also considered to be the successor in a line of tulkus who are believed to be incarnations of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century, his personage has always been a symbol of unification of the state of Tibet, where he has represented Buddhist values and traditions. The Dalai Lama was an important figure of the Geluk tradition, which was politically and numerically dominant in Central Tibet, but his religious authority went beyond sectarian boundaries. While he had no formal or institutional role in any of the religious traditions, which were headed by their own high lamas, he was a unifying symbol of the Tibetan state, representing Buddhist values and traditions above any specific school. The traditional function of the Dalai Lama as an ecumenical figure, holding together disparate religious and regional groups, has been taken up by the fourteenth Dalai Lama. He has worked to overcome sectarian and other divisions in the exiled community and has become a symbol of Tibetan nationhood for Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile. From 1642 until 1705 and from 1750 to the 1950s, the Dalai Lamas or their regents headed the Tibetan government (or Ganden Phodrang) in Lhasa which governed all or most of the Tibetan Plateau with varying degrees of autonomy. This Tibetan government enjoyed the patronage and protection of firstly Mongol kings of the Khoshut and Dzungar Khanates (1642-1720) and then of the emperors of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1720-1912). In 1913, several Tibetan representatives including Agvan Dorzhiev signed a treaty between Tibet and Mongolia, proclaiming mutual recognition and their independence from China, however the legitimacy of the treaty and declared independence of Tibet was rejected by both the Republic of China and the current People's Republic of China. The Dalai Lamas headed the Tibetan government afterwards despite that, until 1951.
The 14th Dalai Lama (Spiritual Name: Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, known as Tenzin Gyatso; ne Lhamo Thondup), known as Gyalwa Rinpoche to the Tibetan people, is the current Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual leader and former head of state of Tibet. Born on 6 July 1935, or in the Tibetan calendar, in the Wood-Pig Year, 5th month, 5th day, he is considered a living Bodhisattva; specifically, an emanation of Guanyin Bodhisattva (Avalokitesvara). He is also the leader of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, formally headed by the Ganden Tripa. The central government of Tibet, the Ganden Phodrang, invested the Dalai Lama with temporal duties until his exile in 1959. On 29 April 1959, the Dalai Lama established the independent Tibetan government in exile in the north Indian hill station of Mussoorie, which then moved in May 1960 to Dharamshala, where he resides. He retired as political head in 2011 to make way for a democratic government, the Central Tibetan Administration. The 14th Dalai Lama was born to a farming family in Taktser (Hongya Village), in the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo (administratively Qinghai Province, Republic of China). He was selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in a public declaration near the town of Bumchen in 1939. As with the recognition process for his predecessor, a Golden Urn selection process was not used. His enthronement ceremony was held in Lhasa on 22 February 1940 and he eventually assumed full temporal (political) duties on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, after the People's Republic of China's occupation of Tibet. The Tibetan government administered the historic Tibetan regions of U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo. During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama escaped to India, where he currently lives in exile while remaining the most important spiritual leader of Tibet. The Dalai Lama advocates for the welfare of Tibetans while continuing to call for the Middle Way Approach to negotiations with China for the autonomy of the nation and the protection of its culture, including for the religious rights of Tibetans. The Dalai Lama also meets with other world leaders, religious leaders, philosophers and scientists, and travels worldwide giving Tibetan Buddhist teachings. His work includes focus on the environment, economics, women's rights, nonviolence, interfaith dialogue, physics, astronomy, Buddhism and science, cognitive neuroscience, reproductive health and sexuality. Along with his teachings on Tibetan Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, the Dalai Lama's Kalachakra teachings and initiations are international events. He is the chief Patron of the Maha Bodhi Society of India, conferred upon him at the 2008 Annual General Meeting of the Maha Bodhi Society of India. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2006. Time magazine named the Dalai Lama one of the "Children of Mahatma Gandhi" and Gandhi's spiritual heir to nonviolence.