Garchen Rinpoche Movie: For the Benefit of All Beings

 with filmmaker, Christina Lundberg

This film provides an up close and personal experience of the amazing Tibetan lama whose first public talk in Sedona on January 22, 2017, generated such overwhelming turnout and tremendous enthusiasm. 

Garchen Rinpoche’s lifelong dedication to making life better for all beings sets a shining example for the rest of us.  Award winning filmmaker, Christina Lundberg, who directed, filmed and edited the movie, the culmination of 20 years of making movies about Buddhism, will introduce her film and be available for questions and answers afterward. 

 Sunday, May 7, 2017

2-5pm in the Great Room.
Cost: $10/door

Info:   203-313-0063 or

Copies of film is available for purchase. 

Currently, the Garchen Institute is preparing to host the 4th Annual Drikung Monlam, the great annual prayer festival of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  This festival will be held at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona on June 16th through 18th.  This once in a lifetime event commemorates the 800th anniversary of the passing into nirvana of Lord Jigten Sumgon, the founder of the lineage.

His Holiness, Chetsang Rinpoche, head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, will preside over this joyful festival.  He and Garchen Rinpoche will offer many profound Dharma teachings as well as powerful prayers for world peace.  We hope you will come and join us.  

For further information about the Annual Drikung Monlam on June 16th through 18th, see, e-mail the Institute at, or call the Garchen Buddhist Institute at 928-925-1237.

  A Story That Must Be Told

"In December 2006, Garchen Rinpoche said to me that over the years many of his students had requested there be a movie made about his life. He asked me to compile some old footage into a movie that could be shown to his students to help them remember him after he had passed away. I knew there was a very limited amount of footage and since filmmaking is my profession I asked if I could instead make a professional movie with new and old footage combined. Rinpoche agreed, saying the more comprehensive the film the more benefit there would be. I realized how important it was for his story to be told.

I began filming in January, 2007 and for 3 years documented Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche’s extraordinary life and teachings in 14 countries.  
Due to
Rinpoche’s kindness and unusual openness, he has given me film access to both the public and private moments of his life. Thus the footage that is now gathered is truly unprecedented. It may be the most comprehensive collection of footage of a master of his stature that has ever been captured.

There was a very special time period of intensive Buddhist training that occurred for a select few in old Tibet, and it can never be recreated. Garchen Rinpoche is one of a handful of masters from this disappearing generation. Therefore, it is extremely precious and rare to have his immeasurable enlightened activities captured on film. Ultimately, I believe the reason this film project is manifesting is because Garchen Rinpoche sees and fully understands how much benefit his legacy and blessings will bring to the world, long after he has passed away.

I wanted to share some of my personal observations from the road since I have been in the unique position to witness Garchen Rinpoche in so many diverse cultures. Even though I’ve been his student for 17 years, I am continually amazed and deeply inspired by his infinite wisdom and by the compassion he has for absolutely everyone he encounters. He is a model of unconditional love embodied in a human being.

I can assure you the journey has been beyond words, which makes it challenging to express his inconceivable qualities. Yet, I have experienced Rinpoche’s vast magnificence, depth and profound presence at work in our world, all through the lens of the camera. Because of this I am confident that this film is the best medium to transmit the experience of Garchen Rinpoche to millions of others."        Christina Lundberg