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The Cup: Buddhism is their philosophy... soccer is their religion! a film by Khyentse Norbu on DVD
The Cup: Buddhism is their philosophy... soccer is their religion! a film by Khyentse Norbu on DVD

Prayer. Meditation. Rituals. Soccer?
World Cup soccer fever sweeps into a remote Himalayan monastery and centuries-old traditions are threatened--the young monks will do just about anything to watch the final match, posing a unique challenge to the venerable lamas in charge. An inspiring tale of colliding cultures, midnight escapades and daring secret plots.

Bhutanese filmmaker Khyentse Norbu is one of the most important incarnate lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition today. Known more widely by his ecclesiastical title, HE Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, he was recognized at the age of 7 as the incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892), a great religious reformer and saint who played a pivotal role in the revitalization and preservation of Buddhism in Tibet in the 19th century. As the living heir to the Khyentse lineage, HE DJKR exemplifies a non-sectarian spirit. His rigorous training in the Buddhist classical tradition, mixed with a deep interest in the film medium, makes him one of the most provocative interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism today. In keeping with his lineage, he has sought to bridge both old and new, and east and west.

Authenticity was paramount for Khyentse Norbu, and he chose Chokling Monastery, situated in a Tibetan refugee settlement nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, as the film’s main location. The cast was mainly drawn from members of the monastery and none had any acting experience whatsoever, and most did not understand English. Khyentse Norbu’s script was in English; no scripts were passed out in advance of the day’s shoot and actors were briefed scene-to-scene. Dialogue was prompted and memorized on the spot, and most scenes were completed within three takes or less--a testament to the actors monastic discipline and concentration.

94 min / Color / Tibetan (English Subtitles) / Stereo / NTSC / Region 1
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Product Code: S-5425


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