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Words of My Perfect Teacher (2003)

It's a beautiful day today. We'll go for a walk and see some of the city.

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A filmmaker sets out make a film sbout her Tibetan Buddhist teacher, meets all kinds of interesting people who tell their version of what suffering is. Things aren't as much fun as she thought it was going to be. But she learns a lot about herself in the meantime. Written by ggn

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Khyentse Norbu: When you don't have obsession, when you don't have hang up, when you don't have inhibition, when you are not afraid you will be breaking some rules, when you are not afraid you will not be fulfilling someone's expectation's, what more Enlightenment do you want?
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An inside look at the Vajra teacher
7 November 2007 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching this movie so much, next day i watched it again. Why? This movie gives a very good view of how a vajrayana teacher can train his students. Usually, vajrayana teachers are Tibetan Buddhist teachers. The vajrayana path is the quick path, but it is not without dangers and it requires a good connection with a vajrayana teacher, or lama. "he has to be the mirror, to see yourself. but he is also the assassin, he is the man or the woman whom you have hired to completely dismantle you" In the movie we follow a few students, some new, some old, while making this film. This is one of the good points, you can see the questions a new student has, a stage which the older student has passed already. The teacher just acts spontaneously, which is no problem unless you are rigid: and, aren't we all? "Guess what, happiness cannot be found in the refrigerator" Another good point is that the movie is interspersed with the wisdom of Dzongsar Khyenste, and he makes some really good comments."When you don't have obsessions, when you don't have hangups, when you don't have inhibition,when you are not afraid; you will be breaking some rules, when you are not afraid, you will not be fulfilling someone's expectation's, what more enlightenment do you want?" I agree with the other commentator that segal is a kind of strange or maybe negative thing in the movie. But then I cannot but agree to what he says "nobody knows for sure whether he's an idiot or a great master" The biggest downside of the movie is that if people themselves are not students of a vajrayana teacher, I'm doubtful they will understand the movie. (which can explain the low grade!) But, this is really an inside look into vajrayana Buddhism. Especially for students, but also for anyone interested I can highly recommend it. But, it all depends on your View!


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