Under the Bodhi Tree

Filmed in the winter of 2004, this documentary features his holiness the XVII Gyalwa Karmapa as he leads a nine day prayer ceremony called the Kagyu Monlam. From his seat under the historic Bodhi Tree in Boghgaya , the place of Sakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment, the Karmapa performs ceremonies and ritual empowerments, accompanied by high Lamas of the Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. An intimate portrayal of Tibetan Buddhism at this holiest of sites includes commentary by the Karmapa.

The lineage of the Karmapa’s originated in the twelfth century in Tibet. Regarded as living Buddhas, they have led the Karma Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism since that time. The Karmapas were the first line of Tulkus, incarnate Lamas who choose the circumstances of their own rebirth. The XVII Karmapa was born in Tibet in 1985, and discovered according to a letter of prediction left by his predecessor. His Holiness made a dramatic escape from Tibet in the winter of 2000. He now lives Dharamsala, India.