Daily Wisdom / Ocean of Dharma

Film as Living Poetry

Book coverThere are many presentations of Tibetan Buddhism, but very rarely has an attempt been made to use the medium of film for teaching as living poetry. Films using shots of color paintings and photographs of scenes exist, but these do not particularly portray the evolutionary human quality of Tibetan Buddhism as a native Tibetan has experienced it. The film I want to make about the songs of Milarepa, a great Tibetan poet-yogi, would convey that living quality as direct experience without the outer trappings of ceremony and traditional gestures. Teaching is not meant to be verbal alone. It is very visual. Through this film, I hope that awake people who seek their own basic sanity will find another way of looking into their neuroses without necessarily getting just another ’answer to their problems.”

From The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Seven, pages 518–519

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