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The Journey of a monk

The Journey  of a monk
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) Film Circle screens two films a month on the second and fourth Friday. This friday the film Buddhism in Sikkim directed by Sumit Banerjee will be screened.

The film, in three parts, takes you on a journey through the fascinating and no less inspiring story of Buddha’s life, his teaching, Buddhist practices, the emergence of two sects - Theravada and Mahayana, and the coming of Buddhism to Sikkim via Tibet in 15th-16th century.

The film also focuses on the ultimate goal is to reach Buddha hood a stage beyond Nirvana and the path is through six ‘paramitas’ or transcendental and wisdom. Becoming a monk is a difficult journey, one has to undergo nine year of hard training in a monastery.

Moreover, the film highlights the monastery, which is a complete world by itself. Monastery is not a simple building, but has set design, intricately carved with mural paintings and structures, in which Mani wheels and Thangka paintings have their own significance. How Tibetan Buddhism and culture gets merged with indigenous practices in Sikkim, have a peep into the life of Lepchas.

February 27
Where: IGNCA Media Centre Auditorium
Time: 5.00 pm
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