“Ogyen Trinley Dorje doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects such as the source of happiness, nondualism, and the need to mend the environment. This earnest documentary also reveals the human side of this spiritual leader as he tries to cope with the adulation he receives all across the country. By the end of the whirlwind tour, he confesses that has become a “smiler” thanks to the joy emanating from the hearts and faces of those attending his talks. He concludes: “I have to stretch out my arms even further than they have stretched before.”
Bodhisattva: The Journey of the Seventeenth Karmapa is a continuation of director Mark Elliott’s spiritual classicThe Lion’s Roar which focused on the 16th Karmapa. This DVD also contains a bonus sequence in which the Karmapa performs the sacred Go Ma Dance in Bodh Gaya, India. This ritual is designed to quell negative forces and eliminate misconceptions that cause suffering.”
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