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When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West (2012)

WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey, exploring the complex interactions between contemporary Tibetan Buddhism and western culture. The film goes in-depth ... See full summary »

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WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey, exploring the complex interactions between contemporary Tibetan Buddhism and western culture. The film goes in-depth to portray the experiences and insights of both teachers and practitioners in the US and around the world. Along the way, it illuminates the wide ranging dialogs taking place between Buddhist teachings and science, psychology, gender theory and the arts. The film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism, as it is manifesting in the West and asks the vital question - 'In these increasingly chaotic modern times, can these age old teachings help us to find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?' Written by Anonymous

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$61, 10 May 2013, Limited Release

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$13,598, 18 August 2013
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Excellent documentary of Buddhism's influence on the next generation in the West
10 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

When the Iron Bird flies is a masterful documentary that introduces us to authentic Buddhist teachers and takes us into the lives of younger seekers from Great Britain and the U.S., during their journey into Tibetan Buddhist study and practice. The interface where profound eastern wisdom and the vibrancy of the West meet is one that is rich, fraught with confusion, and saturated with great vitality and wisdom.

Victress Hitchcock, director extraordinaire, takes a multi-leveled, complex subject and makes it personal. We meet a number of sincere students, experienced or just beginning their quest, and encounter them again and again throughout the film, as their journey, in some ways, becomes ours as well. Thoughtful, touching, moving, and funny.

The production values are quite high, the filming and editing are excellent. I can't recommend more highly a film on the subject, for experienced students of all things eastern as well as those just beginning.


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