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Monday, April 20, 2009

Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo - The Great Mother

Since we have no cable TV we have been watching a lot of PBS, and that's a good thing. This is part one of a three-film series. The woman in the picture is the Dalai Lama's mother.

This film is calming and balming for the soul. The Dalai Lama and his siblings speak about their mother when they were growing up and afterwards, when they moved to the "big house" after her son was identified as the next inheritor of the holiest of holy positions in their belief system. Interspersed are commentary by others, including a very welcome to see and hear Alice Walker, talking about their mothers and the role and relationships of mothers in general. It gave me the warm fuzzies to hear how the mothers of each of the speakers helped shape how those individuals see the world and themselves. If you get a chance to see this, please do so.


At 3:09 PM, Blogger Rick said...

I bet there would be some challenges being the mother of a living Buddha!

At 10:49 PM, Blogger ms_lili said...

uh-huh. How could you tell them to wash behind their ears without feeling just a little foolish.


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