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The Mystery of a Buryat Lama


 
The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
 
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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The Mystery of a Buryat Lama - Trailer

The film tells a story of XII Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia, the Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.  This is a study of his phenomenon, who according to Buddhists is in a special state, is not life and not death in our understanding of the word. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from different places and countries come to him. What does he mean for these people? What do the Buddhist lamas the...

The Mystery of a Buryat Lama - Production notes

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.   Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the t...

The Mystery of a Buryat Lama - Festival screenings in Russia

The film was screened only in the territory of Russian Federation.  List of festivals: 1. XXVI Festival for Russian films "Window into Europe" (Vyborg, 15.08.2018, special screening, film was completed a week before screening) 2. X International Youth Film Festival (Kazan, 05.09.2018, special screening with lecture and Q&A) 3. Shanti Film Festival - a festival about oriental spiritual traditions (Moscow-Saint Petersburg, 20.09.2018, opening film) 4. III Yalta Interna...

The Mystery of a Buryat Lama - Credits

Director & Scriptwriter: ELENA DEMIDOVA   Production NEW INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL RESEARCH, KAMER-TON-FILM-RUSSIA   Producers: NINA KOCHELYAEVA, ANASTASSIA RAZLOGOVA, MARINA KUCHKOVA   Project Director KIRILL RAZLOGOV   Executive Producer ANDJEI PETRAS   The main consultant ALLA NAMSARAEVA   Project Coordinator, Photographer EVA PARKHOM...

The Mystery of a Buryat Lama - Press Kit

Russia, 93 min, 2018 I  Trailer I Ask for a screener The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.   Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education...

The Mystery of a Buryat Lama - Stills

The first Datsan (Buddhist monastery) in Buryatia (it was build at the beginning of 18 century).  Datsan is the term used for Buddhist university monasteries in the Tibetan tradition of Gelukpa located throughout Mongolia, Tibet and Siberia. As a rule, in a datsan there are two departments—philosophical and medical. Sometimes to them is added the department of the tantric practices where the monks study only after fin...

Elena Demidova - Director's filmography

ELENA DEMIDOVA     Biography:   Elena Demidova is Russian film director, scriptwriter and producer. She was born in Russia. She graduated from Moscow State Technical University in 1987 and Voronezh State University (The Faculty of History) in 1997. Director’s education: filmschool “Internews”, Moscow(workshop of Marina Razbezhkina). Documentaries by Elena Demidova are winners of many international film festivals, in 2016 she made her debut in the feature f...

The Mystery of a Buryat Lama - Synopsis

Russia, 93 min, 2018 I  Trailer I Ask for a screener Summary   The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.   Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his relig...

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