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An Uncommon Lama: Shambhala Sun on Dzongsar Khyentse

An Uncommon Lama: Shambhala Sun on Dzongsar Khyentse

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PICO IYER ON THE JOY OF WHAT’S FLEETING
AN OVERACHIEVER’S GUIDE TO PRACTICE
Uncommon Lama:
DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
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BU D D H I SM C U LTU RE M ED I TA TI O N LI FE N O V EM BER 2 0 0 3
 
BU D D H I SM C U LTU RE M ED
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Not YourOrdinaryLama
PICO IYER ON THE JOY OF WHA
He’s an important Buddhistteacher and an award-winningfilmmaker.He’s a rebel,and he’salso an impassioned defenderof traditional dharma.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Thich Nhat Hanh
A practical approach to peace
Jonathan Schell
The Unconquerable Worl
and thecritical choice we face
Alice Walker
Spontaneous poems and drawings
Diana Mukpo
The wife ofthe late Ch
ö
gyamTrungpa continues the fascinatingstory oftheir life together
 
28SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2003
 Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche directing on the set of 
Travellers & Magicians
in Bhutan.
 
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 200329
DRUK AIR FLIGHT KB 121
from Bangkok landed at Bhutan
sairport last fall with some very precious cargo.In addition to 578solid-gold biscuits hidden in the shoes ofseveral internationalsmugglers seated in back,a number ofprofessional
lmmakerswere on board,ready to make
Travellers & Magicians,
a Bhutaneseroad movie directed by the only known reincarnate lama-
cum
-auteur,Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.The crew was greeted at theairport and taken to a nearby guest house,while the Royal BhutanPolice swooped in and arrested the smugglers.The incident would seem a mere coincidence
a bit ofcolor
had the investigation not put Paro
s airport customs of 
ce at astandstill.
Travellers & Magicians’
production company,Prayer FlagPictures,was expecting shipments containing hundreds ofthou-sands ofdollars worth of 
lmmaking equipment,and only a fraction ofthe boxeshad arrived.Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche had asked Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche
who actedas the menacing Gekko in Rinpoche
s
rst
lm,
The Cup
to do several
mos
,or div-inations,during pre-production.One ofthese mos had established September 29 asthe most auspicious date for cameras to begin rolling.Another predicted that the
lm would face one major obstacle.But which ofthe many obstacles arising was
the one
? Only a few days before thecrew arrived in Paro,the key grip and unit manager were racing around old Delhi in
An Uncommon Lama
DZONGSAR KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
is both an important Tibetan lama and an award-winning filmmaker.Some see him as a rebel,but he’s also an impassioned defender of Buddhist teachings.
NOA JONES
writes from the set ofhis new
lm,
Travellers & Magicians.
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 C  .RYA N

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