MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 27,262 this week

Words of My Perfect Teacher (2003)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 112 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 4 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 15 Apr 2011
 
a list of 477 titles
created 22 Mar 2014
 
a list of 14 titles
created 26 May 2014
 
a list of 43 titles
created 06 Aug 2014
 
a list of 26 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Words of My Perfect Teacher (2003)

Words of My Perfect Teacher (2003) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Words of My Perfect Teacher.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tulku (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Enlightened Tibetan masters return as recognized "tulkus" -- reincarnated buddhas. In the 1970s, tulkus began to be born in the West, confusing both the Tibetan system and the lives of the Western children involved.

Director: Gesar Mukpo
Stars: Gesar Mukpo, Dylan Henderson, Ashoka Mukpo
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu
Stars: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Lhamo, Lhakpa Dorji
Milarepa (2006)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling
Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro
The Cup (1999)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu
Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro
Himalaya (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Valli, Michel Debats
Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe
Amongst White Clouds (Video 2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A journey exploring the practices of Chinese hermits living in the Zhongnan Mountains.

Director: Edward A. Burger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Barrie McLean
Stars: Leonard Cohen, Pema Ozokten, Tsering Sonam
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In Nepal, a venerable monk, Geshe Lama Konchog, dies and one of his disciples, a youthful monk named Tenzin Zopa, searches for his master's reincarnation. The film follows his search to the... See full summary »

Director: Nati Baratz
Stars: Tenzin Zopa
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In rural India, a young woman named LILA and her mother VINATA, a temple dancer wed to a Hindu god, find themselves on the fringes of society, struggling to make ends meet.

Director: Khyentse Norbu
Stars: Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Swaroopa Ghosh
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Khyentse Norbu ...
Himself
Luc Dierckx ...
Himself
Louise Rodd ...
Herself
Lesley Ann Patten ...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It all depends on the view.

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Palavras do Meu Mestre  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,800 (USA) (22 December 2006)

Gross:

$19,898 (USA) (9 February 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

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?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mr. Ordinary
29 December 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

When it comes to films about the Buddhist and Hindu worlds, you really have to know beforehand what you're looking at, otherwise it will make little or no sense -- or worse. Capturing the inner journey on film is probably impossible. Having issued that warning, I can tell you this is a good film.

When we first meet Rinpoche (a reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist teacher), he is a solitary little man walking around London, followed by a handful of totally enthralled students. He has a passion for soccer, and apparently good food, too. It is not clear if he has a shrine room, an organization, or a practice center -- the usual venue for Buddhist teachers. He seems aware of but untouched by his surroundings.

It is only when we get to his home base in Bhutan that we see he is a major spiritual, social, and political figure. People are bowing to him all over the place, he blesses hundreds of people, he is chauffered, and wined and dined.

So what does this actually tell us about the dharma? A lot, but you have to know what you're seeing before you see it. First, his Western students are immensely lucky to have such access to him; they hang out watching TV, cook dinner together, etc. As Rinpoche laments himself, in Buddhist countries the gap is too great between him and the ordinary people for him to be as effective a teacher as he should.

It also shows us how an enlightened being is truly without ego pretense. He is as happy and comfortable living in a plebe flat in London, as sitting on a throne in Bhutan and naming babies for groveling parents. He is not so much a teacher of important subject matter, but the embodiment of that subject matter. It's that total lack of pretense that rings true. Not that he's an easy man to be around -- far from it, but it is one of the jobs of the real teacher to keep his students off balance. It keeps them from turning into a barnacle on the guru, and forces them to work with their own minds, which is the whole point of this particular spiritual path. Occasionally he does say a few words about the dharma, mostly geared to Westerners.

This film also contains a gem of an interview, two interlaced interviews actually, one of them with Gesar Mukpo, the half American/half Tibetan son of Chogyam Trungpa Rin. and a tulku in his own right, and the other with Steven Seagal, who gets sliced and diced as a total phony. People need to be warned about the bad teachers. In fact, it was around the time Steven Seagal was enthroned that I left Buddhism as a formal member.

So once again, this is a film for true believers. Preaching to the choir so to speak. It is also possible for someone who knows nothing about Buddhism to watch this film and become inspired to check out the dharma, and I think that was a primary reason he gave approval for the film.

It's been about 40 years since Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism landed in the West, and this film is a fascinating reality check on how it is developing. This film shows that overall it is developing very well, not only in terms of creating good students, but challenging Tibetans to adapt the core of their teachings to a very alien culture.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Words of My Perfect Teacher (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page