VividLife Radio’s Ed and Deb Shaprio welcome Victress Hitchcock, Award winning film maker to discuss her new project entitled, When the Iron Bird Flies, Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West. The film investigates the question can these age-old teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?
Victress Hitchcock is writer and director of numerous programs aired on Public Television including: Song of the Open Road, a portrait of a composer living with AIDS; Children of Wind River, a documentary for the Ford Foundation and Wyoming Public Television; and Grandfather Sky, a short drama set on the Navajo Reservation produced for Native American Public Television.
A graduate of the London Film School and recipient of a Colorado Council on the Arts Creative Fellowship in Media
“When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth.” ~ 8th century – Guru Padmasambhava
In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth.
WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world’s great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. Along the way, the film tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism.
And the film investigates the question:
“In these increasingly challenging times, can these age-old teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?”
Through candid interviews with contemporary teachers and practitioners, rare archival footage, and striking images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha’s core teachings, the film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism, as it is manifesting in America and the West.
ANAM THUBTEN • B. ALAN WALLACE • CHOKYI NYIMA RINPOCHE • HH DALAI LAMA • DZIGAR KONGTRUL RINPOCHE • DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE • E. GENE SMITH • ELIZABETH MATTIS-NAMGYAL • FLEET MAULL • GESHE KELSANG WANGMO • JETSUN KHANDRO RINPOCHE • MATTHIEU RICARD • PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE • REGINALD RAY • DR. RICHARD DAVIDSON • RICHARD GERE • TSOKNYI RINPOCHE • LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE and others…
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