Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Well, i couldn't keep this to myself so let me share a bit of Spitti with you. How can i keep it hidden...i mean just look at that!

My experience

Being apart of the Milarepa film crew was something i can never forget. I can still think back to our journey to Spitti ( way northern part of India). It was the most amazing road trip ever with many interesting individuals. Our crew members involved monks from director Neten Chokling Rinpoche's monastery, few young Tibetan girls, and camera crew members from Australia but the majority were monks. We had about 10 or 11 cars and about 2-3 mini buses. The whole crew would stop at rest placese but these rest places are not gas stations with fast food joints but mountains, rivers, and the open blue sky. Bathroom stops?? Well, if you consider walking few miles and hidding behind gigantic rocks or caves....yeah, that would be our bathroom stops. Hours after hours of listening to the same CD we arrived at Kaza (main city in Spitti). One thing that i will never forget about Kaza is the night sky. If only you can see it with your own eyes. I don't think i would have words to describe the beauty of it. I felt as if the sky was just few inches away! Every night i would go to bed with a neck ache from looking at the stars. The packed sky with stars so bright you don't need a light source to walk at night. The number of shotting stars you might not be able to keep up with your wishes. This is what i can say about the Kaza's stars but i don't think my words are no way near the actual site itself. I would love to write more but i am running out of time. Maybe next time. There are still more great stories from this trip and life time experience.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as Milarepa

Few months back, I was told to clean and dust an old leather suitcase. This suitcase held Neten Chokling’s most precious possession: his photo collection of his root teacher, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. I went through the contents of this leather bag. Amidst many beautiful photos of Khyentse Rinpoche, there was this photo of Khyentse Rinpoche posing as Milarepa!

A rainbow over Gyurmeling Monastery

The monks of Gyurmeling Monastery (India and Tibet) feel very privileged to be able to take part in the bringing of Milarepa’s story to the world. They believe that they have contributed something precious towards the world. They believe that the messages within the film will contribute towards a better world. This is Universal Responsibility in its different form.

Monks in Baseball Caps

Monks in baseball cap took over the valley! One had to constantly sit under the shade of caps and hats. The scorching sun of Spiti Valley made one either dark or red!!!

Neten Chokling Rinpochey at age 4

Neten Chokling Rinpoche, age 4

Who knew that this little boy would end up making a film on Milarepa!

Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche

Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche, the oldest son of the IIIrd Chokling Rinpoche was one of the key figures in bringing the life of Milarepa to the screen. He assisted Neten Chokling Rinpoche (IVth Chokling Rinpoche and the reincarnation of his father) to his best potential.

When the IIIrd Chokling Rinpoche passed away, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche was only 21 years old. The present Neten Chokling Rinpoche was brought down from his birth county of Bhutan to Bir, India where his predecessor had a monastery. He was only 4 years old.

Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche was not only playing the role of Yungtron Trogyal but as of the art historian on the set.

Orgyen Topgyal Rinpochey and Neten Choklings

The IVth Neten Chokling Rinpoche and Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche (Asura Cave, Nepal). Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche had a huge part in bringing the story of Milarepa to the silver screen.

The Third Neten Chokling Rinpoche with Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche

This photo of the IIIrd Neten Chokling Rinpoche and his oldest son, Orgyen Topgyal Rinpoche was taken few years before his passing away.

The Third Neten Chokling Rinpoche

The IIIrd Neten Chokling Rinpoche, the predecessor of the present Neten Chokling Rinpoche.

The IIIrd Neten Chokling passed away at a young age of 46. He was responsible for the establishing of the Bir Tibetan Refugee Settlement.