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Zaṅs-dkar nas ʼgrul bskyod Journey from Zanskar : a monk's vow to children  Cover Image DVD DVD

Zaṅs-dkar nas ʼgrul bskyod Journey from Zanskar : a monk's vow to children

Marx, Fred. (Director, Producer, Screenwriter). Gere, Richard, 1949- (Narrator). Lobsang Yonten, Geshe. (Added Author). Lobsang Dhamchoe. (Added Author). Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935- (Added Author). Warrior Productions (Firm) (Added Author). Warrior Films (Oakland, Calif.) (Added Author).

Summary: Tells the heroic, remarkable tale of Buddhist monks who travel to Zanskar, India where they carefully select the brightest, most capable children in meetings with the poorest of the poor families. These kids then separate from their fathers and mothers, grandparents and friends as they travel to Manali for a traditional Tibetan and Buddhist education. At the last minute, one grandmother refuses to let her beloved granddaughter leave. The monks lead the children on foot and horseback on an arduous and dangerous five day trek through mountain passes over 17,000 feet in elevation. The trek runs into crisis as the yaks and horses can't navigate the deep snow. Rather than risk anyone dying, the monks insist on turning back. Forlorn and dejected, one man snowblind, the whole party returns wearily all the way back to the starting point in Padum. Undaunted, the monks resort to a fallback plan. Renting buses and vans, the group travels on closed roads over even higher passes, first to Leh, then to Manali. There they bask in the lush greenery and warm, humid air. Tsultim, 12 stares in wonder at his first ever vision of monkeys. To further their education and accent their accomplishment, all the children are later brought to Dharamsala to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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  • Physical Description: videorecording]
    1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: [Fullscreen ed.]
  • Publisher: Costa Mesa, CA : Warrior Films, c2010.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced in 2010; copyright held by Warrior Productions.
Creation/Production Credits Note: Camera, Nick Sherman, Frederick Marx ; editors, Frederick Marx, Joanna Kiernan ; music, Adam Schiff & Michael Fitzpatrick.
Participant or Performer Note: Featuring Geshe Lobsang Yonten, Lobsang Dhamchoe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama; narrator, Richard Gere.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD, NTSC; region 1; fullscreen; Dolby digital 2.0.
Language Note:
In English, Tibetan, Zangskari, and Hindi with English subtitles.
Subject: Buddhist education of children India Zanskar
Poor children India Zanskar
Monks India Zanskar
Mountain passes Zaskar Range (India and China)
Pilgrims and pilgrimages India Dharmsāla
Buddhists India Zanskar Social life and customs
Genre: Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Feature films -- United States.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Northwest Indian College.


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Lummi Library DVD 489 BQ 7565 .Z36 2010 279460 DVD Available -

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