Requiem for a faith

United States, 1968

Film
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The traditional life of Tibet is depicted by Huston Smith, Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Smith shows the extent to which traditional customs have been invaded and corroded by the West. All social and economic activity revolves around religious practice. The importance of the Dalai Lama is emphasised. Set in Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Northern India, this moving film explores the essence of Tibetan Buddhism and focuses on the unusual chants of the Gyuto monks, whose training enables them to chant in chords. The film was shot mainly in Dalhousie, India, where the two Tantric Colleges, Gyuto and Gyume, were re-established in exile.

Credits

producer/director

Elda Hartley

producer

Irving Hartley

production company

Hartley Productions

Language

English

Duration

00:27:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

31646

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Monastic and religious life (Buddhism)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Tibet (China)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Tibet - Description and travel

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Buddhism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Buddhist monasteries - Tibet

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Buddhist monks

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Monastic and religious life (Buddhism)

People → Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-

Places → Tibet (China)

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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