Kirkland Performance Center presents...

American Rimpoche: A Tibetan Lama in the 21st Century

  • Monday, October 21, 2013, 7:30PM

Adult: $20


Portrait of Tibetan Spiritual Teacher Gelek Rimpoche

Film Screening of “The American Rimpoche”
Followed by an intimate conversation with the film’s
Composer/Producer Philip Glass and Director/Producer Nikki Appino

A benefit for Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center

7:30pm, October 21st, 2013

A sneak peek film screening of “The American Rimpoche, The Story of a Tibetan Lama in the 21st Century”. The film will be followed by an intimate conversation with the film’s Composer/Producer, Philip Glass and Producer/Director Nikki Appino about Gelek Rimpoche and his unique position in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to America. For more information -

To the western imagination, Tibet evokes the exotic, the spiritual, and since its invasion by China, the political; a fabled land, sheltered from modernity and threatened by extinction. Endowed with all that the West has lost, Americans are enchanted with Tibet and its particular form of Buddhism. In American, the Dalai Lama has achieved rock-star status, and it is to him and Tibetan Buddhism we have turned for answers to many of today’s pressing conflicts and concerns.

Gelek Rimpoche was born in this legendary Shangri-la. Trained as a traditional monk then forced to flee in 1959, he has lived an extraordinary life spanning continents, customs and cultures. No longer in monks robes, now a citizen of the United States, his story is a mirror of America’s romance with Tibet and the assimilation of its unique treasures.

The feature-length documentary, American Rimpoche: A Tibetan Lama in the 21st Century will interweave conversations with Gelek Rimpoche and interviews with key players in American’s adoption of Tibetan Buddhism. Framed by remarkable photos of old Tibet taken by Rimpoche’s father in the 1940’s and 50’s, the film will break ground in exploring one man’s job as a modern spiritual leader and the impact of Tibet’s myths and practices on Americans seeking direction in an increasingly complex world.

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