The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet

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The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet

Victress Hitchcock

Narrated by Richard Gere

Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet tells the story of 3000 nuns living in the remote nomadic region of Nangchen in Eastern Tibet who practice an ancient yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Despite near extinction during the destruction of the Cultural Revolution, these remarkable spiritual practitioners have emerged to rebuild their monasteries by hand — stone by stone. Now, their tradition of wisdom and compassion is once again vital and growing.

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  • Published on July 13, 2010.
  • Director: Victress Hitchcock
    Producer: Pundarika Foundation and Chariot Productions
    Narrated by Richard Gere
    Featuring: Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, and Tsultrim Allione

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In the summer of 2005, renowned Buddhist teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, accompanied by a handful of western students, traveled to the Nangchen region in Eastern Tibet.

The purpose of the trip was to meet the Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns – 3000 remarkable women who live and practice an ancient yogic tradition in nunneries and hermitages scattered across this remote, mountainous region.

BLESSINGS: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet tells the story of this extraordinary journey.

Narrated by Richard Gere, the video explores the roots of the nuns’ wisdom and compassion and shows how we, as ordinary human beings seeking happiness in a modern world, can find that same thread of sanity and inner strength in the everyday confusion of our lives.

The film inspires all of us…women and men…to open ourselves to the blessings of a full and authentic life.

"Blessings is a luminous, inspiring, and very human account that will blow open your view of what is important in life.”
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

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Meet the Author

Victress Hitchcock

Victress Hitchcock has been directing award winning documentary and educational films for 35 years. She has been studying and practicing Buddhism for the same length of time. She graduated from the London Film School and is a recipient of a Creative Fellowship in Media from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

Her documentary films include What Can I Tell You, Song of the Open Road , Children of Wind River and Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. She wrote and directed Grandfather Sky, a short dramatic film for Native American Public Broadcasting. Her educational films include Nicholas and the Baby and numerous violence and drug prevention programs for Discovery Education.

Press Reviews

“Blessings takes us to a world of women dedicated to wisdom and compassion, to a place most of us will never journey to, through the hearts of the people who do. It is a luminous, inspiring, and very human account that will blow open your view of what is important in life.”

—Sharon Salzber
author of Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

“This account of Tsoknyi Rinpoche's journey to Tibet with a group of his western students offers a rare and priveleged insight into the rich spiritual tradition upheld by the Tsoknyi nuns of Nangchen. It is extremely inspiring to see this thriving community of practitioners preserving and continuing their lineage in such an authentic manner, under the guidance of Tsoknyi Rinpoche.”

—Sogyal Rinpoche
author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

“I have never viewed such an alive, present, and forthright portrayal of Asian religion. I also appreciated the amount of information compressed into the first part of the film to help it all make sense. The message of Blessings to me is that this world can use a lot more dedicated communal spirituality, that whether or not one is a working member of a nunnery, the sheer reality of such efforts takes humanity a step higher. We need them globally and prominently visible.”

—Steve Fisher
producer/National Public Television of environmental and historical films for over 35 years

“In Blessings, travelers from our world pass into a new dimension as through the eye of a needle by shedding deeply ingrained preconceptions and enduring unaccustomed physical hardships. Deep in the mountains of Tibet, they discover the simplicity, grace, and profound contentment of a remote society of women mediators who devote their lives to enlightenment. This well-made film is deeply moving and at the same time, deeply still.”

—Sherab Chodzin Kohn
author of Awakened One: A Life of the Buddha

“I love this film! It ignites my heart to think of the Nangshen nuns practicing openness and compassion right now, at the roof of the world, cheerful in immense ruggedness, as we go about our activity 'down here.' It makes me weep!”

—Cynthia Kneen
author of Shambhala Warrior Training and Awake Mind, Open Heart

“...a compelling, inspiring and visually stunning film that brings to life the concep that ‘the dharma is carried in people, not in books.”

—Spirituality & Health Magazine

“... spiritually uplifting for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike...”

— Light of Consciousness: Journal of Spiritual Awakening
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