When the Iron Bird Flies

WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world's great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet t... Read more

When the Iron Bird Flies

Directed by Victress Hitchcock

Year: 2012
Running Time: 96
Color Type: Color and B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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When the Iron Bird Flies

Fleet Maull
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Anam Thubten
Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel
Matthieu Ricard
E. Gene Smith
Lama Tsultrim Allione
Richard Gere
Dr. Richard Davidson
Dr. Reginald Ray
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Directed by Victress Hitchcock

In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw opened the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava's prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth.

 Now, the key question is - “In these increasingly challenging times, can these profound teachings help us find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?”

 When the Iron Bird Flies takes on the daring task of understanding the many ways that these ancient teachings are meeting modern Western minds and hearts. The film is breathtaking in its historical scope and provocative in its exploration of the groundbreaking meeting of East and West that is at the heart of this new Buddhism.

 Through candid interviews with contemporary teachers and practitioners, rare archival footage, and striking images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha's core teachings, the film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.


“When the Iron Bird Flies is a creative and wide-ranging guide to the spread of a rich spiritual tradition. It’s an invaluable resource to newcomers and seasoned devotees of Tibetan Buddhism.”

"When the Iron Bird Flies paints a compelling portrait of modern Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet"

"The film is a vivid and engaging account of the movement of the Buddha Dharma - the teachings and practices of Buddhism - to the West...Viewers of the film will come away with the discovery that they have learned a great deal. But even more, their hearts will have been opened and perhaps melted by the uplifting gift of genuine spirituality as it flows from teacher to student in a pattern free of time, showing us the way to go beyond the suffering and upheavals of our days and years."

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