Who was Kangyur Rinpoche? One of the first Tibetan Masters who, heeding the imminent danger to Tibetan Buddhism during the Cultural Revolution of the 1950’s, braved the arduous journey over the Himalayan Mountains to India, rescuing many thousands of Buddhist texts [2 tons] that otherwise faced potential extinction.
The journey took over three years, was undertaken on foot, accompanied by his young family, and involved immense physical hardship.
Once in Darjeeling he built Orgyen Kunzang Choling, a Monastery at 54 Gandhi Road. It was at this address, where the few single-minded Westerners at the time in search of a more meaningful life began to gather like moths to a flame.
Their meeting, although brief (with Rinpoche’s passing in 1975), eventually had an extraordinary widespread effect – directly contributing to the Dharma’s spread throughout much of the Western world.
Read Kangyur Rinpoche's full biography here.
54 Gandhi Rd is a feature documentary project on the extraordinary life story of Kangyur Rinpoche and of the select few Westerners who discovered him in Darjeeling India in the early 1970's.
Told through the eyes of one of Kangyur Rinpoche’s first Western students, New Zealander Kim Hegan, who now after more than 35 years since Kangyur Rinpoche’s passing will trace the journey he made from New Zealand to Darjeeling forty years earlier, to tell Rinpoche’s story.
Guided by Kangyur Rinpoche’s two sons, Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche, and with appearances by all of Rinpoche’s family, as well as those first Westerners to have met him in the late 1960’s, 54 Gandhi Rd will be a direct encounter with a man who’s little known, yet utterly extraordinary actions, led to such a widespread positive affect on the lives of tens of thousands people to this day.
This film will be produced in stages.
A dedicated bank account has been opened and all contributions will go towards essential film costs.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche.
Producer: Kim Hegan
After 40 years producing live events and for television, Kim now puts his production skills to a project close to his heart. www.hegan.co.nz
French producer: Fabrice Frank
ELEPHANT est un groupe de production audiovisuelle, travaillant pour les chaînes de télévision françaises et les nouveaux médias dans tous les genres de programmes. elephant-groupe.com
Director: Yeshe Hegan
Yeshe has a degree in filmmaking, and experience as writer/director on a number of short films, including documentaries.
Example short films: Larkings Landing (documentary), Live! (short film).
Director Of Photography: Fred Renata
Fred is one of the most acclaimed in his industry and was D.O.P. for both of New Zealand's top grossing and award winning films for both 2013’s "Mt Zion" and a true Kiwi Cultural classic "Poi E".
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