April 21, 2017 at 7 PM
Join us for a Special Film Viewing & Community Discussion
The Song Collector
Set high in the Indian Himalaya, Ladakh is home to a rich Buddhist culture and an ancient tradition of folk singing. Please join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary film The Song Collector, a fascinating portrayal of Morup Namgyal, Ladakh’s greatest folk artist and his lifelong efforts to preserve his beloved folk songs. Using song as the medium, Morup and his peers sparked a social movement that would bring about profound and enduring change in Ladakh.
Following the screening, we will have a community discussion with visiting Buddhist scholar Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, film director, Erik Koto, moderated by social documentary photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges on the topic of preserving Buddhist culture in a rapidly changing world. To attend, we suggest a donation of $15. All funds will support music programming for the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India, a school we partner with and support during our Little Tibet (Ladakh): Learn, Serve, Immerse tour.
The Song Collector
Through the intimate interactions of three generations of the Namgyal family, The Song Collector explores the uneasy relationship between culture and development and ultimately offers a new vision, inspired by the Buddhist concept of the “middle path,” that seeks to find a lasting coexistence between ancient traditions and new developments. View trailer here: www.thesongcollector.com
Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan is a Tibetan Buddhist monk, educator, head abbot of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, and founder of the Siddhartha School in his remote home village of Stok, Ladakh. The Siddhartha School gives the children of Ladakh access to the highest-quality, thoroughly modern education in the region, while also honoring their way of life and traditions.
When: April 21, 2017 7-9 pm
Where: Nalanda West, Community Room, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle