Saturday, October 25th, 2:00 pm

Shambala, Textural Interpretations and Ideas

Tibetan Studies scholars Hortsang Jigme and John Pettit will present and consider the textural sources of knowledge about the mystical land of Shambhala, the inspiration for the “Shangri-la” of James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. The 1937 film, restored to its original intended length in 1986, will be shown in the evening.

Hortsang Jigme is a writer, researcher, historian, editor, and lecturer, with a degree from the Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Beijing.

John Whitney Pettit holds three advanced degrees from Harvard and Columbia universities and is the author of Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty (Wisdom, 1999).


Saturday, October 25th, 8:00 pm

Lost Horizon


A lavishly-produced classic in which British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway. Based on the best-selling novel by James Hilton. Widely circulated among the armed services during World War II, the film was cut 22 minutes after its initial release in 1937 to reflect the wartime perception of the Chinese and to tone down the film’s pacifism. After nearly 50 years, Frank Capra’s timeless masterpiece was restored to its original length of 132 minutes in 1986.

$8 suggested donation

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting


Ellen Miret – The Dhammapada Project

Exhibit open 10 am to 6 pm daily

The Dhammapada Project

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The Tibetan Center 2014 Film Series

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

Saturdays monthly at 8pm

875 Route 28, Kingston, NY 12401

$8 suggested donation

March 15th
Wheel of Time
Directed by Werner Herzog (Germany, 2003, 80 mins, in English)

April 5th
Monks in the Laboratory
Directed by Delphine Morel (France, 2006, 53 mins, in English)

May 3rd
Digital Dharma
Directed by Dafna Yachin (USA, 2012, 90 mins, in English)

June 7th
The Shadow Circus (The CIA in Tibet)
Directed by Tenzin Sonam & Ritu Sarin (UK, 1998, 50 mins, in English)

July 5th
Bringing Tibet Home
Directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay (South Korea, 2013, 67 mins, in English)

August 2nd
Silent Holy Stones
Directed by Pema Tseden (China 2005, 98 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles)

September 20th
When the Bough Breaks
Directed by Ji Dan (China, 2011, 147 mins, in Mandarin with English subtitles)

October 25th
Lost Horizon
Directed by Frank Capra (USA, 1937, 97 mins, in English)

November 15th
Nicholas Roerich: Messenger of Beauty
Directed by Jerry Rosser (USA, 1979, 44 mins, in English)


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