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Alexander L. Mayer
Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
Asian Educational Media Service, Spurlock Museum, Urbana Free Library
Bön: Mustang To Menri
Produced by Andrea Heckman and Rose Gordon. Directed by Tad Fettig.
2011. 60 minutes.
Introduction and discussion by Alexander L. Mayer (Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Religious Studies, UI).
The preservation of Tibetan Bön culture is portrayed in this beautiful documentary interweaving daily life of the Menri Monastery in Northern India, rebuilt by the 33rd Abbot of Menri after the old monastery in Tibet was destroyed, and the story of Geshe Sonam Gurung, who journeyed as a young boy from the ancient kingdom of Mustang, Nepal to study at Menri and who has now returned home to share his teachings.
Bön: Mustang To Menri illustrates the interconnectedness of education, commitment to service and spiritual dedication. It communicates Bön's story and unique place in history while illuminating how and why the work that monks do is important to the modern world. It is a universal message, one that reveals how inspired individuals can overcome challenges and adversity to order to have a positive impact on the world while giving back to the people, places and traditions that nurtured them.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL