BFFE - Closing Ceremony: Vision of a Teacher + Rent and Grains
Khyentse Norbu, also known as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (1961) was recognized at the age of seven as a prominent incarnation in the Tibetan tradition. He is the spiritual leader of monasteries in Tibet, Bhutan and India. He also leads "84000", the largest ever translation project of Buddhist texts.
In the West, he is best known as a film director, a.o. "The Cup", his first feature that was awarded a Palme d”Or in Cannes. We now see him on het set in Nepal during the filming for his latest film "Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Mustache", where he effortlessly switches between working with the hip film crew and performing ancient Buddhist rituals.
Khyentse Norbu is aware of the challenges facing Buddhism today. What remains relevant of traditional forms of teaching and meditation? How does he see his role as a teacher in this age of interaction between cultures and demystification of gurus?
Khyentse Norbu shows in an almost magical way how prayers to the goddess Tara and the creation of films do not have to differ essentially from each other. Both have the potential to show us who we are.
Rent and Grains
Rent and Grains will be shown before Visions of a Teacher. An old woman sets out from her rural village in Bhutan to collect food. Suddenly she finds herself in a new world with high buildings and a lot of traffic. She returns home empty handed and confused. The film addresses the dichotomy between tradition and modernity, and nature conservation in Bhutan. Loday Chophel, BT, 2017, 3 min.