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Moments on a Journey

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Compiled for the occasion of Sangharakshita’s 75th birthday.
This collection of previously unseen video clips is an opportunity to see Sangharakshita speaking in a range of circumstances, and provides many fascinating glimpses of him, including public talks delivered around the world, launching books, as well as within the context of more intimate meetings and conversations.
(50 mins.)
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Death Ritual of Dhardo Rimpoche

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This video is a facinating, colourful and moving record of Dhardo Rimpoche's 'funeral'. Being such a highly respected, and well liked lama, hundreds of people were involved in the traditional Tibetan death ritual. It begins with ten minutes of the Rimpoche performing puja for beings in the Bardo, recorded in 1988, then moves to the ceremonies, rituals and processions taking place first in Kalimpong, then in Ghoom, where his body was cremated. (42 mins)
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Women speak on Ordination

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This documentary explores the Western Buddhist Order's unique approach to the ordination of women. Neither lay nor monastic it enables women from diverse circumstances to commit themselves to the Buddhist path and women have the whole responsibility. Through history and personal stories, women of this Order communicate the nature of commitment to the Buddhist path, the experience of ordination, and its impact. (43 mins)
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Celebrating Sangharakshita

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Sangharakshita has had a profound effect on the lives of many individuals through both personal contact and through the WBO, the FWBO and TBMSG, the founding of which have been the major work of his life. Many are intensely grateful.
The occasion of his 70th birthday presented the opportunity for showing that gratitude: Jayamati and Maitreyabandhu perform a short drama, a comic sketch in which they, novice Bodhisattvas, oversee the life of a very promising young man in the otherwise uninteresting backwater Jambudvipa. Then Subhuti gives voice to his gratitude of Sangharakshita. In this sincere and often humourous eulogy he recounts both personal anecdote and rejoices in Sangharakshita's life.
(58 mins)
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Meetings with Dhardo Rimpoche

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In 1987 Clear Vision filmed Dhardo Tulku Rimpoche, one of Sangharakshita's main teachers and friends, whose life profoundly influenced how the FWBO developed. Two fascinating programmes resulted.
In part 1 (40 mins) Dhardo Rimpoche talks about: his discovery as an incarnate Lama; the early years of training; his gurus; why he journeyed to India; developing a monastery at Bodh Gaya; major turning points in his spiritual life and the importance of meditation.
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Part 2 (45 mins) includes: his friendship with Sangharakshita; his relationship with Sangharakshita's disciples; setting up the school for Tibetan children; the future of Tibet; altruism and Dharma practice; and the preciousness of this lifetime.
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Buddhist women on motherhood

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This ground-breaking documentary focuses on members of the Western Buddhist Order, many of them mothers. They are not nuns in the traditional sense, but are part of a new Buddhist Movement that is adapting principles from the ancient East and applying them to the modern world. Nine women talk about bringing up children and how this forms an integral part of their spiritual path. Two others describe how they chose not to have children, resolving significant conflict in the process. The issue of family life and spiritual life is a vital and complex area for many women. Structured in sections it goes into such areas as: lifestyle, conditions, meditation, challenges and joys, attachment, choice and leaving home. (43 mins)
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Emptiness and Compassion

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A panel discussion at the European Buddhist Union Congress in 1992 with Sogyal Rimpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Rewata Dhamma and Sangharakshita. The four teachers from different Buddhist traditions discuss such fascinating topics as: the relationship between the monks and the laity; the importance of the Abhidhamma; Buddhist social action; anatta; Theravada and Mahayana; and Tantric sexual imagery (66 mins)
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Ordination at Il Convento

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Produced in 1986, this is one of Clear Vision's earliest documentaries but still a programme of great interest and relevance.

We are introduced to the concept of ordination into the Western Buddhist Order and discover how a group of over twenty hopeful men cope with a three month ordination retreat in an old Tuscan monastery.
(60 mins)
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A Peaceful Revolution

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Since 1980 the Karuna Trust has worked with some of India's most disadvantaged people. Karuna funds projects such as slum kindergartens, educational hostels and adult literacy classes that are making lasting improvements to thousands of people's lives.
A Peaceful Revolution explores how the Karuna Trust is working with new Buddhists in India to bring about a brighter future for the former 'untouchable' peoples. (40 mins)
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Bahujan Hitay

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In this entertaining documentary we see how the combined efforts of The Karuna Trust and the Indian charity Bahujan Hitay (which means 'for the welfare of the many') have provided a powerful means of help for the ex-untouchable community in the form of boys' and girls' hostels. This programme explains why they are so important, what they offer children and how the children spend their time. (30 mins)
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Among the Snow Lions of Tibet

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In the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas is found the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute School - the first school for Tibetan refugees in India. This 22-minute programme visits the school's past and present. It includes interviews with the schools founder Dhardo Rimpoche, and joins children as they prepare to celebrate their Tibetan culture with colourful dances and songs
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