AKONG – A Remarkable Life

Coinciding with Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s  third death aniversary, it was launched yesterday the official trailer for the film AKONG – A Remarkable Life.

The film tells the story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a reincarnate lama (Tulku)  who fled Tibet in 1959 during the Chinese occupation and was one of the main pioneers who introduced Tibetan Buddhism to the West. His escape through the Himalayas along with many other Tibetans was a real ordeal, and out of 300 people in his party, only 13 arrived in India. His  life took a turn after he and his friend Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche met Freda Bedi in refugee camp in India.

Akong Rinpoche was the c0-founder of Samye Ling, the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in europe, located in Scotland and a humanitarian who helped countless people around the world through his charity ROKPA International.

TRAILER

 

Remember

Throughout my years living in London I have passed by the Westminster Abbey during the remembrance day almost every year. And although I had the wish to stop and visit the place where hundreds of people come to pay homage to the soldiers and people who died in the II World War and other wars, I actually never did it, for one reason or another.

So one day I decided that I should not only pay a visit, but I wanted also to make a film about it, even if a short one. Armed with my camera, tripod and other tools I spend an afternoon filming the site. It was an interesting day that reminded me the sorrows of the war, the pain we humans inflict to each other based on greed and ignorance, the sadness of the families who never saw again their loved ones return back home.

This film is an homage to the brave people who fought in the II World War but also a reflexion about war and its painful reality.

A reality that still haunts us all. We have had enough wars, more than ever we need peace. Understanding between people and different cultures is a must if we are to develop a more compassionate planet based on equality and respect for each other.

Embracing Death & Dying

Today at Kagyu Samye Dzong London took place an important event:

Embracing Death & Dying, a celebration of life through reflexion on death. The celebration

had free talks and workshops on subjects such as writing a will, the Buddhist approach to death and dying and

organizing a funeral. At the Death Cafe people discussed the taboo subject that many of us try to avoid.

It was a great event that attracted many people.

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Soul Immigrants at 299 The Venue

The Soul Immigrants played at 299 The Venue on friday the 14th November 2014.

It was a gig charged with energetic funk/soul music, and a great performance by the whole band.

Led by Emrys Baird (Guitar/Vocals), the Soul Immigrants introduced some new songs as well as

their old classic ones.

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Portrait of a Soulman

After a few months working on the project I am pleased to show my new short documentary film. The film shows an intimate portrait of Emrys Baird, lead singer and guitarist of The Soul Immigrants. I followed Emrys playing in three different venues on his own and with his Trio. While most of the songs on the film are cover, Emrys is also a brilliant musician and songwriter, so please check his website http://www.thesoulimmigrants.com fto listen to some of his original songs.