Saturday, July 18, 2015
"When the Iron Bird Flies": the diaspora for Buddhism
“When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West”, directed by Victress Hitchcok and Amber Bernak, documents the diaspora of people who practice the Buddhist faith, in large part because of China’s treatment of religion in Tibet.
When some people want to set up a center in Freehold, New Jersey, they run into a zoning board that actually asks questions about “Christianity.”
Finally, some people set up what seems like an intentional community in the West (I think it was northern California, around Mt. Shasta), with for concentrated meditation practice. I was somewhat reminded of my visits to Lama in New Mexico in the 1980s.
There is talk of “Sumsar”, the idea that “life is suffering” and the acceptance of “pervasive dissatisfaction”.
The official site (from Chariot Videos and Pundarika) is here.
The film is available on Netflix instant play.