The Rubin Journey of the Blue Buddha
Journey of the Blue Buddha
2006, Canada, Tetsuya Itano and Aerlyn Weissman, 47 min.
Twelve hundred years ago, the people of Tibet developed a comprehensive medical system whose practitioners understood how powerfully the mind affects the body. They made medicines from plants and minerals blessed in lengthy rituals. They encoded this knowledge in a series of elaborate paintings known as The Atlas of Tibetan Medicine.
At a time when European doctors dissected corpses in secret and herbalists were being burned at the stake, Tibetan medicine flourished. Its monk doctors traveled throughout Central Asia taking both their spiritual and health practices with them. With the British invasion in 1904 and the Chinese invasion in 1959, vital texts and paintings-and with them, the primary means of teaching Tibetan medicine-survived only because they'd been smuggled into Russia. Unbeknownst to Stalin, the cloth panels of The Atlas had been secreted into museum archives in Siberia and quietly spared from his purges.
The Journey of the Blue Buddha surveys the evolving practice of Tibetan medicine in today's Chinese-controlled Tibet, as well as in the exile community of Dharamsala, India, the Russian republic of Buryatia and North America. With its message of natural healing, human connection and right living, Tibetan medicine is all the more precious for having nearly been lost. This film is distributed by Moving Images Distribution. Post-screening discussion with Joe Loizzo.
About the Speaker
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. is a contemplative psychotherapist, researcher and teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a contemplative learning community that teaches timeless tools of self-healing and interdependence for today’s complex world.