THE TRUTH IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK HAPPENED
SEE "ANGRY MONK" AT THE ROXIE!Sun, January 4, 2009 - 4:55 PM
I took one of my monk friends to see it today - it was GREAT.
When I first met Rinpoche, he gave me a copy of Gendun Choephel's "The Madman's Middle Way" - and talked about how he wanted to teach westerners about Choephel... he was born in 1901 and despite being raised as a monk, his life was a revolutionary act - from winning every debate on Buddhist scripture, to leaving the monkhood to travel, drink. smoke and get laid. He translated the Kama Sutra into Tibetan, spoke English, and wrote for the only Tibetan newspaper. He's wrote the definitive political history of Tibet, was a painter, and intellectual. He rebelled against the strict pre-Chinese government, and when the Chinese marched into Lhasa he said "Now we're fucked." He was imprisoned for 3 years by the Tibetan government, and died at the age of 49. But his books are still read, and he is still widely regarded as one of the most brilliant Tibetans.
The documentary is only at the Roxie until the 8th - and it's totally worth seeing - the fottage of Tibet, both old and new is stunning and fascinating. DON'T MISS IT!
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