Documentary Film

“Dolpo Tulku – Return to the Himalayas”

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In 1991, as a nine-year-old boy, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche left his home, the Dolpo Valley. One of the most remote valleys in the world, it still has no electricity, no roads and hardly any medical care. He ran away to become a monk in Kathmandu. His childhood dream. After a short time, the boy was recognized as a tulku, a high reincarnation of a Buddhist teacher. His path then took him from Nepal to Namdroling Monastery in southern India. There he began his formal monastic education, first the school and then the monastic university.

In 2007, he received his university degree and with it the invitation to return to Dolpo to ascend the thrones of his monasteries and take up his duties for the locals. When he set out the following year, he had not been there for 17 years.

On the one hand, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche was happy to see his family, friends and his old home again. On the other hand, he was afraid of the great responsibility that came with his office as spiritual leader.

A German documentary film team accompanied him on this emotional journey.

In 2010, the documentary was shown with great success in German cinemas and has since been broadcast repeatedly on ARTE.
It won several awards and is praised as an authentic insight into the Buddhist culture of Nepal.


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Award-winning documentary: “Dolpo Tulku – Return to the Himalayas”

Although available only in German, the cinematography and geographic beauty of the region are worth watching.


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