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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in interview - a still image captured from The Guide
This is the story of the New Kadampa Tradition and of the people who have helped to make it one of the world's fastest growing Buddhist communities. The Guide was produced between 1996 and 2000 and has now been digitally remastered to preserve its status as a significant historical document. It is a remarkable portrait of the revered spiritual leader, Geshe Kelsang, and his followers, rich in the beauty and color that surrounds the Kadampa rituals and environment. At 83 minutes, it is a feature-length production that covers two continents and many aspects of Buddhist life:
- The story of Conishead Priory and its transformation into Manjushri Centre.
- The daily lives of two ordained Buddhists: Yeshe and Legden.
- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche speaking on-camera about his early life, how he came to the West and the basis of his philosophy.
- The central concepts of Buddhism explained.
- The views of many ordinary people about the work of Geshe Kelsang and the NKT, and how it has touched them personally.
- The creation of exquisite paintings and statues.
- The design and construction of the West's first Gompa (Buddhist temple).
- The visit of Geshe Kelsang to Seattle.
- The intimate story of how one person's life was deeply affected by Geshe Kelsang.
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