from the maker of the surfing classic morning of the earth
About the Presentation
Welcomed in 1985 as pilgrims by a Rinpoche opening the doors of the East to the West, Albert Falzon and his camera crew were the first to film the Wesak festival in this sacred valley where many locals had never seen a Westerner. The most important Buddhist festival, celebrated by one third of the world’s population, Wesak is held on the full moon in the month of May in East, South and South-East Asia to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
The film moves from festivities in Burma (Myanmar), land of a million pagodas, to the Potala Palace in Tibet where temples are being rebuilt and a new generation of lamas is flourishing. Finally we arrive on to the vast, lonely upper plateaux in Chinese Tibet, surrounded by the mysterious mountains of the Wesak valley, dwelling-place of holy men honoured as the custodians of God’s plan for humanity, crowned by Mount Kailas, roof of the world and seat of Buddhism. According, to legend, power and blessings are channelled from this height through the valley to be poured over humanity.
This film offers scenes to be experienced. Words are not the reality.