Documentary (1985) about the life, teachings, and death of His Holiness 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.
Narrated by James Coburn, you will enter the world of this spiritual master, who heads the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, and explore all of the rituals and religious significance of his work.
This documentary takes you to India, to see where the Tibetan leader fled, and other locales of his various travels. There are interviews with high lamas of the Buddhist religion who speak of the 16th Karmapa’s works and influence in Tibet and beyond.
Also, as the viewer learns about the life of this religious leader, they will also discover some of the basic principles of the Buddhist philosophy.
Interview with the 16 Karmapa
Amazing and very unique recording of HH 16 Karmapa interview, which took place during His Holiness Karmapa visit in USA in 1976.
HH 16 Karmapa – Black Crown Ceremony
Cathedral In The Woods, New Hampshire, USA - 14 September 1980
The Black Crown is an important symbol of the Karmapa, the Lama that heads the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Legend tells that in a previous eon, in a former life as an accomplished yogi, the Karmapa attained the eighth level or bhumi of the bodhisattvas. At this time, 100,000 dakinis (female buddhas) manifested their hair as a crown, and offered it to the Karmapa as a symbol of his accomplishment.