Spring is in the air and buzz has been building as Oregon prepares to host the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. His Holiness will visit Portland and Eugene May 9th – 11th while promoting the human values of compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. Although the Portland events on May 9th are completely sold out (in less than 1 hour!), there are still tickets available to the Environmental Summit on May 11th, and for the Eugene event on May 10th hosted by the Eugene Sakya Center and the University of Oregon. If you’re unable to make either of these events, don’t fear; the Eugene visit will be broadcast live via webcast.
Last week, the Collective Eye Films team comprised of Taggart Siegel and John Betz, Documentarian Teresa Sewalelot, as well as Eugene Sakya Center Spiritual Directors Ngaglo Rinpoche and Jigme Thinley Rinpoche, stopped by the Digital One studios to create a PSA to promote this event.
In addition to the PSA, we will also be working with Collective Eye Films on the audio mix for their upcoming 10-minute mini-documentary about the life of Lady Jangchup Palmo. The documentary will tell Lady Palmo’s story of hardship and triumph, and essence of life.
The story goes a little something like this: Ousted and exiled from her native Tibet by the Communist Chinese invasion, Lady Palmo was shot six times, held captive for several years, lost many of her loved ones, and was forced to leave her homeland. After fleeing Tibet, Lady Palmo undertook a 3 and 1/2 year solitary meditation retreat at Mount Kailash (Tibet) including over 13 years inside a cave in India and Nepal bringing her meditative experience and realization to a consummate level. During this time, she went through the process of forgiving the Chinese for what they did to her family, demonstrating a great deal of compassion.
This mini documentary will be presented before the lecture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Matthew Knight Arena, as well as at other events throughout his visit.
For more information about the Dalai Lama’s visit to the Pacific Northwest, please visit DalaiLamaPortland2013.net, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming documentary!