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Sacred Art of Tibet

Lawrence Jordan

USA, 1972
28 minutes, col, Opt.
Available formats: 16mm / DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

An accurate depiction of the basic tenets of northern Mahayana Buddhism, cast into living or ‘experiential’ form, consistent with powerful mantras heard on the soundtrack of the film. Tarthang Tulku, a Tibetan Lama, was the advisor.
‘Jordan uses a bagful of camera and editing techniques that bring multi-limbed deities into bone-rattling motion; the sacred art images are intercut with views of lotus blossoms, skies and other features of the natural landscape, which enhance the lush, sumptuous quality of the visual effects …. [S]ynchronized masterfully to a sound track of chanted mantras and ritual music.’ – Thomas Albright, San Francisco Chronicle
‘A monumental effort that is laced with brilliant artistry, moments of deep impact.’ – San Francisco Chronicle

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