Religious Investiture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

1948/1970 USA, 20 minutes, Courtesy of Tibet Film Archive

English with Czech subtitles

The films of the Tibetan film archive evening courtesy of Tibet Film Archive, New York.

A colourful documentary record of sequences from the rigorous oral examinations required of the Dalai Lama to achieve his Geshe Lharampa degree (highest order of Doctor of Divinity degree). Some of the footage was filmed in 1958, and the balance in February 1959, only weeks before the Tibetan Uprising and the flight of the Dalai Lama to India. Informative and interesting scenes of the Potala Palace, Lhasa city and surrounding areas, Tsuglagkhang (the Central Cathedral), Ganden monastery (now destroyed), monks, government officials and ceremonial dancers from the original 8 mm. films.

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