The Tibetan Center Film Series Presents

The Nightingale of Tibet 

Saturday, June 2nd, 7pm

“An important film about the future of Tibet’s cultural 

and spiritual survival” – His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Namgyal Lhamo, an acclaimed classically trained Tibetan singer, plays a similar character in a film loosely based on her own life. Yiga Gyalnang is abducted and thrown into “Drapchi,” one of the most dreaded prisons in Tibet, for what the Chinese government sees as rebellion through her songs of freedom. After years of isolation and torture, she breaks free and escapes to Nepal and then to the West, taking with her an unbroken soul, tremendous strength and her voice that could never be silenced. Starring Namgyal Lhamo. Directed by Arvind Iyer. 2013 in English, 74 mins.

Tickets: $10 suggested donation

The Tibetan Center   875 Route 28   Kingston NY   (845) 383-1774


Sacred Singing Metals for 

Healing, Meditation & Guidance

with Peter Blum

Saturday, June 9th, 1-3 pm

Sound is an audible facet of vibration. All of creation and all human beings are vibrational. Modern science is now proving what yogis, shamans and initiates have been teaching for centuries. Understanding how to utilize the mystical dimensions of sound and rhythm allow us to access expanded states of consciousness. After a brief overview of the history of the use of sound and music for healing and spiritual guidance, participants will have the opportunity to experience a meditative concert utilizing Peter’s collection of over 35 singing bowls, gongs, tingshas, and tuning forks.

Peter has served on the Board of the Deep Listening  Foundation, been on the faculty of the Omega Institute, The Graduate Institute, and presented Sounds for Healing concerts and workshops at The Abode of the Message, Menla Retreat Center, The United Nations, and yoga studios throughout the United States. He has studied music and sound healing with Dr. Karl Berger, Ustad Jamaluddin Bhartiya, Beautiful Painted Arrow, Pauline Oliveros, Fabian Mamman, Dr. John Beaulieu, and Don Conreaux. He has recorded 7 CDs featuring the Himalayan singing bowls, drums, flutes, gongs, vocals, guitar, tamboura, didjeridoo and other instruments from around the world.


The Tibetan Center     875 Route 28     Kingston     (845) 383-1774


The 2018 Tibetan Center Film Series

Saturdays monthly at 7 pm

Journey From Zanskar
May 5th
Two monks honor their vows by bringing children from the remote Zanskar region to where they can receive a Tibetan Buddhist education befitting their heritage. The community will do whatever it takes to have their hazardous journey succeed. Directed by Frederick Marx. 2010, narrated by Richard Gere, featuring the Dalai Lama. 90 mins.

The Nightingale of Tibet
June 2nd
Starring Namgyal Lhamo, the film is the fictionalized story of a Tibetan opera singer abducted and imprisoned by government forces in retribution for her beautiful songs of freedom. She eventually escapes and travels into exile. Directed by Arvind Iyer. 2013, in English. 74 mins.

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol
July 21st
In the Tibet Autonomous Region in the 1990s, a journalist accompanies patrols trying to protect the Tibetan antelope from poachers. Both groups must face the harsh environment in the largest and highest plateau in the world. Directed by Lu Chuan. 2004, in Mandarin and Tibetan with English subtitles. 90 mins.

The Last Dalai Lama?
August 11th
Twenty years ago His Holiness challenged world-renowned Neuroscientists to look into the workings of the mind and prove scientifically that Tibetan Buddhist technologies for overcoming afflictive emotions are skills that can be learned by anyone. As he turns 82, how does he feel about aging and death, will he reincarnate as the Dalai Lama, or will he be the last of the lineage that has existed for a millennia? Directed by Mickey Lemle. 2016, in English. 82 mins.

Daughters of Dolma
September 15th
This illuminating documentary shows Tibetan Buddhist nuns as full individuals beyond their monastic vows and religious practices. From the use of Facebook to a love of horror films these nuns never fail to challenge preconceptions, integrating the craziness of the modern world into their ancient form of monastic lives. Directed by Adam Miklos. 2013, in English. 67 mins.

The Dhamma Brothers
October 13th
A documentary film that follows maximum security prison inmates entering an intensive, extended Vipassana retreat, what the director called the opportunity and techniques for significant introspection in a safe and supported environment. There they will journey into themselves and their misery to emerge with a sense of peace and purpose. Directed by Jenny Phillips, Andrew Kurkura, Anne Marie Stein. 2007, in English. 76 mins.

Shepherdess of the Glaciers
November 10th
At over sixteen thousand feet in the far northern mountains of Ladakh, Tsering, one of the last shepherdesses, grazes her flock of 300 sheep and pashmina goats. In the dry and desolate landscape they are under the continuous threat of wolves and snow leopards. Filmed over four seasons, we witness both her world of icy loneliness and that unbreakable bond between humans and animals. Directed by Stanzin Dorjai and Christiane Mordelet. 2015, Ladakhi with English subtitles. 74 mins.

The Tibetan Center 2017 Film Series

Saturdays monthly at 7:30 pm

Tickets by donation  

The Lion’s Roar
April 8th          
A masterful portrait of the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, one of the four great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Directed by Mark Elliott. 1985, in English, 50 min. 
May 13th          
The story of a struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village between its proud chief and a headstrong young caravanner as they make their annual salt trek across the Himalayas. Directed by Eric Valli. 2000, in Tibetan with English subtitles, 108 min.
What Remains of Us
June 3rd
A young refugee travels from Canada, where she was raised, to her native land, Tibet, in order to share  a video message from the Dalai Lama. Directed by Hugo Latulippe and Francois Prevost. 2004, narrated in English, 77 min.
Paths of the Soul
July 8th
By a Chinese filmmaker, featuring non-professional Tibetan actors, an account of a 7-month 1,200 mile pilgrimage to Lhasa from eastern Tibet. Directed by Zhang Yang. 2016, in Tibetan with English subtitles, 117 min.
August 12th
A shepherd leading a simple life goes into town to get an ID card in this parable about contemporary life in Tibet. Directed by Pema Tseden. 2015, in Tibetan with English subtitles, 123 min. 
The 5 Powers
September 9th
Employing animation, historic film footage and interviews, this documentary film is an account of how Vietnamese Zen masters Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong, and American anti-war superhero, Alfred Hassler, used the power of mindfulness for peace during the turbulent Vietnam War. Directed by Stuart Jolley and Gregory Kennedy-Salemi. 2016, English, 58 min.
Never Give Up
October 14th
Three women are inspired by the teachings of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje to engage in social action in Bodhgaya, India. Directed by James Gritz and Maria Fernanda Rivero. 2011, in English, 60 min. 

Ellen Miret – The Dhammapada Project

Exhibit open 10 am to 6 pm daily

The Dhammapada Project

For more information, click here.


The Tibetan Center 2016 Film Series

Saturdays monthly at 7:30 pm

Nine-Story Mountain   April 30th   Directed by Augusta Thomson. (USA, 2014, 85 mins, in English.) Documentary film. 

May 21st Home to Tibet  Directed by Alan Dater & Lisa Merton. (USA, 1995, 56 mins, in English.) Documentary film.

June 25th Valley of the Heroes  Directed by Khashem Gyal (2013, 54 mins, in Tibetan & Chinese with English subtitles.) Documentary film.

 July 23rd Old Dog  Directed by Pema Tseden (China, 2011, 88 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles.) Narrative feature film.

August 20th  Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet   Directed by Victress Hitchcock. (USA, 2009, 104 mins, in English.) Documentary film

September 24th The Dossier   Directed by Rikun Zhu. (China, 2014, 128 mins, in Chinese & Tibetan with English subtitles.) Documentary film.

The Tibetan Center 875 Route 28, Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 383-1774 &

Suggested donation: $8

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting


The Tibetan Center 2015 Film Series

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

Saturdays monthly at 7:30 pm

$8 suggested donation

April 11th Embrace Directed by Dan Smyer Yu and Pema Tashi. (China, Germany, USA, 2011, 55 mins, in Amdo Tibetan Dialect with English subtitles.)

May 16th Sun Beaten Path Directed by Sonthar Gyal (China, 2011, 89 mins, in Amdo Tibetan Dialect and Mandarin with English subtitles.)

June 13th Summer Pasture Directed by Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Tsering Perlo. (2010, 86 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles).

July 11th The Hunter and The Skeleton and 2 more Animated Shorts Directed by Gyatso Gentsu. (China, 2012, in Tibetan with English subtitles.)

August 8th Milarepa Directed by Neten Chokling. (USA, 2007, 95 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles.)

September 26th The Search Directed by Pema Tseden. (China, 2009, 105 mins, in Tibetan with English subtitles.)

October 17th When the Iron Bird Flies Directed by Victress Hitchcock. (USA, 2012, 96 mins, in English.)

The Tibetan Center 2014 Film Series

Made possible in part through the generous support of ALS Consulting

Saturdays monthly at 7:30 pm

$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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