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Are you familiar with Chet Baker? Will you be signing up for the A to Z Challenge on Monday? What's Next? Yes, that's next Monday! The list will be open until start date April 1, but it's a good idea to sign up as soon as possible so others can start visiting your site before the Challenge begins. A lot of networking will be going on over the next couple months so join early to be a part of the early action and make new blogging friends. Also on that same day the new A to Z Team will be announced. You'll see some veteran Team members as well as a few new members.

Meet the Team and maybe you can sign up to assist those members. We expect another big turnout so we'll need some help just like last year. Big things are coming as April grows nigh. Be sure to visit the A to Z Blog regularly for updates and helpful Challenge tips. Was the What Works Would you like to see us do something like this again in the future? Are you going to be blogging from A to Z with us this year? Why or why not? Monday, January 20, What Works? During the course of our exchange I came up with what I thought might be a good idea for a blog event.

The "blogfest" should have a wide range of interest among most of our followers since we all are promoting something whether we admit to it or not. The premise would be for participants to tell about a marketing idea they've used that worked or one that didn't work. Their post could describe a campaign that succeeded in a big or small way or one that failed drastically. Posts can be informational, a personal experience account, or a funny marketing story. Experience gained from a promotional effort in one area can have applications in other efforts.

The ultimate goal is to learn what others have done right that we all can use and what to avoid. Hopefully we can get marketing stats like Yolanda and I were doing in our study and other hard data that might be compiled into specific or fairly decent conclusions. We want to know What Works.. Also Brought to You By:. And of course no great blogging event would be complete without Alex J. Alex has mastered the art of cross promotion, building his name, blog recognition, and brand by promoting others.

I owe a special thanks to Alex for being at the helm of this event while I was on vacation and during my subsequent illness. That's why we call him "The Captain". Now let's find out What Works Here's the list of participants! Related articles What Works Labels: Alex J. I'm pleased to host Nutschell Windsor, The Writing Nut , to talk about belonging to writing organizations and the collaborative effort published by her group. Thank you, Nutschell! While some writers can pursue a career without being part of a professional writing organization, most will benefit from joining one.

Networking is an important part of growing any business. And writing is a business. Gone are the days of hermit writers and hidden authors. You might find critique partners through networking, or find a freelance editor or literary agent who will help you improve your craft. You might meet a blogger who will enthusiastically review or books or even help you set up your own website. Career Opportunities. Joining a writing organization might also present you with opportunities to get published or expand your career options.

You might impress a literary agent or editor during a workshop or conference and find yourself faced with an offer of representation or an offer of publication. Likewise, a writer you meet at a schmooze might invite you to be a speaker for their writing group, or might offer to write a stellar review of your book. Professional Development. Writing organizations often present workshops and conferences which feature industry professionals.

This presents budding authors with an opportunity to learn from the best. Agents, editors and other authors have a storehouse of knowledge and personal experience in publishing and gaining access to both will help writers improve their own craft. You might also find online critique partners through your writing organization. Writing organizations will also have a slew of contests, scholarships, and awards. Your talent will be recognized by professionals if you win any one of these; and having that recognition will certainly help open doors and push you further along on the road to publication.

Winning a contest might also provide you with an opportunity to attend a conference or workshop for free. Writing can be a lonely task and the road to publication is never easy. For instance, if you were offered a contract by a publisher, but you have no literary agent to help you look it over, your writing organization might provide you with a handbook, a set of guidelines or some helpful information to help you figure it out. Some writing organizations will also have member insurance policies or emergency funds which might help you in your time of need.

Some writing organizations, however, provide definite opportunities for you to get published in other ways. They might encourage submissions to their newsletters or magazines. Then they were es banged from me, and waxed jealous of my wealth and the quantity of merchandise I had, and their eyes were opened covetously upon all my property. Thereupon I came to thee conditioned as thou sawest me and thou didst marry me, and see now I have saved thee from sinking.

But I am angered against thy brothers and assuredly I must slay them. Moreover they are still my brothers. I opened the doors and took up what I had hidden in the ground; and after I had saluted the folk I opened my shop and bought me merchan disc. As I was wending onwards I saw this young man, who acquainted me with what had befallen him, and I determined not to fare hence until I should see what might occur between thee and him. Its value greatly varied, but we may assume it here at nine shillings or ten francs to half a sovereign.

Know, O Sultan and head of the Jann, that this mule was my wife. Now it so happened that I went forth and was absent one whole year; and when I returned from my journey I came to her by night, and saw a black slave lying with her on the carpet bed and they were talking, and dallying, and laughing, and kissing and playing the close buttock game. And Shahrazad perceived the dawn of day and ceased saying her permitted say.

After this the King went forth to his Hall of Estate, and the Wazir and the troops came in and the court was crowded, and the King gave orders and judged and appointed and deposed, bidding and forbidding during the rest of the day. Then the Divan broke up, and King Shahryar entered his palace. Sometimes they are perfumed with smoke of incense, mastich or Kafal Amyris Kafal. A popular way of expressing great difference. It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the third old man told a tale to the Jinni more wondrous than the two preceding, the Jinni marveiled with exceeding marvel, and, shaking with delight, cried, Lo!

It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that there was a Fisher man well stricken in years who had a wife and three children, and withal was of poor condition. Now it was his custom to cast his net every day four times, and no more. On a day he went forth about noontide to the sea shore, where he laid down his basket; and, tucking up his shirt and plunging into the water, made a cast with his net and waited till it settled to the bottom.

Then he gathered the cords together and haled away at it, but found it weighty; and however much he drew it landwards, he could not pull it up; so he carried the ends ashore and drove a stake into the ground and made the net fast to it. Then he stripped and dived into the water all about the net, and left not off working hard until he had brought it up.

He rejoiced thereat and, donning his clothes, went to the net, when he found in it a dead jackass which had torn the meshes. And dooms one toil and catch the prey and other eat the fishes. Now he thought that there were fish in it, and he made it fast, and doffing his clothes went into the water, and dived and haled until he drew it up upon dry land.

Then found he in it a large earthen pitcher which was full of sand and mud; and seeing this he was greatly troubled and began repeating these verses 2 :—. So he prayed pardon of Allah and, throwing away the jar, wrung his net and cleansed it and returned to the sea the third time to cast his net and waited till it had sunk. Then he pulled at it and found therein potsherds and broken glass; whereupon he began to speak these verses:—.

So this time, O my God, deign give me my daily bread. Thereupon he stripped and, diving down to the net, busied him self with it till it came to land. Then he opened the meshes and found therein a cucumber shaped jar of yellow copper, 6 evidently full of something, whose mouth was made fast with a leaden cap, stamped with the seal ring of our Lord Sulayman son of David Allah accept the twain! But I must and will open it and look to its contents and store it in my bag and sell it in the brass market. He found nothing in it; whereat he marvelled with an exceeding marvel.

His head was as a dome, his hands like pitchforks, his legs long as masts and his mouth big as a cave; his teeth were like large stones, his nostrils ewers, his eyes two lamps and his look was fierce and lowering. Now when the Fisherman saw the Ifrit his side muscles quivered, his teeth chattered, his spittle dried up and he became blind about what to do.

What is thy story, and what is thy account of thyself, and what is the cause of thy entering into this cucurbit? When Sulayman saw me, he took refuge with Allah and bade me embrace the True Faith and obey his behests; but I refused, so sending for this cucurbit 13 he shut me up therein, and stopped it over with lead whereon he impressed the Most High Name, and gave his orders to the Jann who carried me off, and cast me into the midmost of the ocean.

I will never believe it until I see thee inside with my own eyes. In places, however, it is clearly improvised and then as a rule it is model doggrel. Some connect it with the Heb. In Al—Hariri and the rhetoricians it sometimes means to be sure; of course; unless indeed; unless possibly. These superstitious practices, which have many a parallel amongst ourselves, are not confined to the lower orders in the East.

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In Boccaccio viii. But we can lay no stress on this date which may be merely fanciful. Others will occur in the course of these pages. The prophet was reduced to beggary, but after forty days the demon fled throwing into the sea the ring which was swallowed by a fish and eventually returned to Sulayman. This Talmudic fable is hinted at in the Koran chaps. Lane gives an illustration chaps. The seal-ring of Solomon according to the Rabbis contained a chased stone which told him everything he wanted to know. By Allah, I will throw thee into the sea 2 be fore us and here will I build me a lodge; and whoso cometh hither I will warn him against fishing and will say:— In these waters abideth an Ifrit who giveth as a last favour a choice of deaths and fashion of slaughter to the man who saveth him!

The name is fanciful not significant. Know, O thou Ifrit, that in days of yore and in ages long gone before, a King called Yunan reigned over the city of Fars of the land of the Roum. He drank potions and he swallowed pow ders and he used unguents, but naught did him good and none among the host of physicians availed to procure him a cure. At last there came to his city a mighty healer of men and one well stricken in years, the sage Duban hight. This man was a reader of books, Greek, Persian, Roman, Arabian, and Syrian; and he was skilled in astronomy and in leechcraft, the theorick as well as the practick; he was experienced in all that healeth and that hurteth the body; conversant with the virtues of every plant, grass and herb, and their benefit and bane; and he understood philosophy and had compassed the whole range of medical science and other branches of the knowledge tree.

I can cure thee, O King; and yet will I not make thee drink of draught or anoint thee with ointment. I will heal I thee without the pains and penalties of medicine. Haste thee, O my son! Then he set to work at choosing the fittest drugs and simples and he fashioned a bat hollow within, and furnished with a handle without, for which he made a ball; the two being prepared with consummate art. On the next day when both were ready for use and wanted nothing more, he went up to the King; and, kissing the ground between his hands bade him ride forth on the parade ground 4 there to play at pall and mall.

When thou hast done with playing and thou feelest the effects of the medicine, return to thy palace, and make the Ghusl ablation 5 in the Hammam bath, and lay thee down to sleep; so shalt thou be come whole; and now peace be with thee! Then the sage Duban knew that the drugs had penetrated his person and bade him return to the palace and enter the Hammam without stay or delay; so King Yunan forthright returned and ordered them to clear for him the bath. They did so, the carpet spreaders making all haste, and the slaves all hurry and got ready a change of raiment for the King.

He entered the bath and made the total ablution long and thoroughly; then donned his clothes within the Hammam and rode therefrom to his palace where he lay him down and slept. Such was the case with King Yunan, but as regards the sage Duban, he returned home and slept as usual and when morning dawned he repaired to the palace and craved audience.

The King ordered him to be admitted; then, having kissed the ground between his hands, in allusion to the King he recited these couplets with solemn intonation:—. Now when the Sage ceased reciting, the King rose quickly to his feet and fell on his neck; then, seating him by his side he bade dress him in a sumptuous dress; for it had so happened that when the King left the Hammam he looked on his body and saw no trace of leprosy: the skin was all clean as virgin silver.

He joyed thereat with exceeding joy, his breast broadened 6 with delight and he felt thoroughly happy. Presently, when it was full day he entered his audience hall and sat upon the throne of his kingship whereupon his Chamberlains and Grandees flocked to the presence and with them the Sage Duban. Seeing the leach the King rose to him in honour and seated him by his side; then the food trays furnished with the daintiest viands were brought and the physician ate with the King, nor did he cease companying him all that day.

Moreover, at nightfall he gave the physician Duban two thousand gold pieces, besides the usual dress of honour and other gifts galore, and sent him home on his own steed. I am bound to honour such a man with re wards and distinction, and take him to my companion and my friend during the remainder of my days. On the morrow the King went forth from his Serraglio and sat upon his throne, and the Lords of Estate stood about him, and the Emirs and Wazirs sat as was their wont on his right hand and on his left.

Then he asked for the Sage Duban, who came in and kissed the ground before him, when the King rose to greet him and, seating him by his side, ate with him and wished him long life. Moreover he robed him and gave him gifts, and ceased not con versing with him until night approached. Then the King ordered him, by way of salary, five dresses of honour and a thousand dinars. Now when next morning dawned the King repaired to his audience hall, and his Lords and Nobles surrounded him and his Chamberlains and his Ministers, as the white en closeth the black of the eye.

I point to the physician Duban. This is a true friend who is favoured by me above all men, because he cured me with some thing which I held in my hand, and he healed my leprosy which had baffled all physicians; indeed he is one whose like may not be found in these days — no, not in the whole world from furthest east to utmost west! And it is of such a man thou sayest such hard sayings. Perforce I must suspect that thou speakest on this wise from mere envy and jealousy as they relate of the King Sindibad. Then the King went forth to his Hall of Rule, and the Wazir and the troops came in, and the audience chamber was thronged and the King gave orders and judged and appointed and deposed and bade and forbade during the rest of that day till the Court broke up, and King Shahryar returned to his palace.

Risum teneatis? It denotes one who was intimate enough to drink with the Caliph, a very high honour and a dangerous. Jarrett, for the Bibliotheca Indica, Calcutta, Pilgrimage iii. Many of us have seen this at native courts. It is said but Allah is All knowing! He had reared a falcon which he carried all night on his fist, and whenever he went a chasing he took with him this bird; and he bade make for her a golden cuplet hung around her neck to give her drink therefrom. He bowed his brow low in acknowledgment to the beast; when she bounded high over his head and took the way of the waste.

I will follow her up till I bring her back. Then the King cast off at it the falcon which presently caught it up and, swooping down, drove her talons into its eyes, bewildering and blinding it; 3 and the King drew his mace and struck a blow which rolled the game over.

Now the time was that of the siesta 4 and the wold was parched and dry, nor was any water to be found anywhere; and the King thirsted and his horse also; so he went about searching till he saw a tree dropping water, as it were melted butter, from its boughs. The King filled it a second time with the dripping drops, thinking his hawk was thirsty; but the bird again struck at the cup with her talons and overturned it.

Then the King waxed wroth with the hawk and filling the cup a third time offered it to his horse: but the hawk upset it with a flirt of wings. Now this is what occurred in the case of King Sindibad; and I am assured that were I to do as thou desirest I should repent even as the man who killed his parrot. A certain man and a merchant to boot had married a fair wife, a woman of perfect beauty and grace, symmetry and loveliness, of whom he was mad-jealous, and who contrived successfully to keep him from travel.

At last an occasion compelling him to leave her, he went to the bird market and bought him for one hundred gold pieces a she parrot which he set in his house to act as duenna, expecting her to acquaint him on his return with what had passed during the whole time of his absence; for the bird was kenning and cunning and never forgot what she had seen and heard.

Now his fair wife had fallen in love with a young Turk, 2 who used to visit her, and she feasted him by day and lay with him by night. When the man had made his journey and won his wish he came home; and, at once causing the Parrot be brought to him, questioned her concerning the conduct of his consort whilst he was in foreign parts.

Next morning when the husband returned home after being entertained by one of his friends, he bade bring the Parrot before him and asked what had taken place whilst he was away. Then the merchant knew that the Parrot had told him the truth anent all she had seen and he mourned grievously for her loss, when mourning availed him not. I would not do this thing, save to serve thee, and soon shalt thou sight that it is right; and if thou accept my advice thou shalt be saved, otherwise thou shalt be destroyed even as a certain Wazir who acted treacherously by the young Prince.

The tale is not in the Bull. Edit I cannot here refrain from noticing how vilely the twelve vols. The wife usually spreads a cloth over the cage; this in the Turkish translation becomes a piece of leather. As Herodotus tells us ii. A certain King, who had a son over much given to hunting and coursing, ordered one of his Wazirs to be in attendance upon him whithersoever he might wend. The Ghulah came out and seeing him in sore affright for he was trembling in every limb? Thou likewise, O King, if thou continue to trust this leach, shalt be made to die the worst of deaths. He verily thou madest much of and whom thou entreatedest as an intimate, will work thy destruction.

Seest thou not how he healed the disease from outside thy body by something grasped in thy hand? Be not assured that he will not destroy thee by something held in like manner! As one hath said on this subject:—. Thou givest me, meseems, but crocodile boon. If I spare him, I doom myself to certain death; for one who healed me of such a malady by something held in my hand, surely can slay me by something held to my nose; and I fear lest he kill me for a price, since haply he is some spy whose sole purpose in coming hither was to compass my destruction.

So there is no help for it; die he must, and then only shall I be sure of my own life. Amongst these I have one, the rarest of rarities, which I would present to thee as an offering: keep it as a treasure in thy treasury. And lo! That is the time to open the book. No sooner had the head ceased speaking than the King rolled over dead. Now I would have thee know, O Ifrit, that if King Yunan had spared the Sage Duban, Allah would have spared him, but he refused so to do and decreed to do him dead, wherefore Allah slew him; and thou too, O Ifrit, if thou hadst spared me, Allah would have spared thee.

Lilith or Lilis; the classical Lamia; the Hindu Yogini and Dakini, the Chaldean Utug and Gigim desert-demons as opposed to the Mas hill-demon and Telal who steal into towns ; the Ogress of our tales and the Bala yaga Granny-witch of Russian folk-lore. Torrens p. That sold in the bazars is not the real grey ore of antimony but a galena or sulphuret of lead. Its use arose as follows. Kajala, Kajjal whose colour is easily distinguished from that of Kohl. Vainly I placed myself under thy protection, 2 and I humbled my self to thee with weeping, while thou soughtest only to slay me, who had done thee no injury deserving this at thy hands; nay, so far from injuring thee by any evil act, I worked thee nought but weal in releasing thee from that jail of thine.

Now I knew thee to be an evil doer when thou diddest to me what thou didst, and know, that when I have cast thee back into the sea, I will warn whomsoever may fish thee up of what hath befallen me with thee, and I will advise him to toss thee back again; so shalt thou abide here under these waters till the End of Time shall make an end of thee.

Thereupon the pillar of smoke rose up till all of it was fully out; then it thickened and once more became an Ifrit of hideous presence, who forthright ad ministered a kick to the bottle and sent it flying into the sea. Thou hast made a vow to me and hast sworn an oath not to play me false lest Allah play thee false, for verily he is a jealous God who respiteth the sinner, but letteth him not escape. Thence they struck into the uncultivated grounds, and crossing them descended into a broad wilderness, and lo! The Fisherman looked into the water and was much astonished to see therein vari coloured fishes, white and red, blue and yellow; however he cast his net and, hauling it in, saw that he had netted four fishes, one of each colour.

But I would not have thee fish here save once a day. The Fisherman, much marvelling at what had happened to him with the Ifrit, took the fish and made for the city; and as soon as he reached home he filled an earthen bowl with water and therein threw the fish which began to struggle and wriggle about. However, he bought for his family all they wanted and lastly he went to his wife in huge joy and gladness. So far concerning him; but as regards the cookmaid, she took the fish and cleansed them and set them in the frying pan, basting them with oil till one side was dressed.

Then she turned them over and, behold, the kitchen wall crave asunder, and therefrom came a young lady, fair of form, oval of face, perfect in grace, with eyelids which Kohl lines enchase. O fish! After this the young lady upset the frying pan and went forth by the way she came in and the kitchen wall closed upon her.

Among noble tribes the Badawi thus invoked will defend the stranger with his life. Foreigners have brought themselves into contempt by thus applying to women or to mere youths. Moslems in Central Africa apply Kohl not to the thickness of the eyelid but upon both outer lids, fixing it with some greasy substance. The peculiar Egyptian and Syrian eye with its thick fringes of jet-black lashes, looking like lines of black drawn with soot, easily suggests the simile.

In England I have seen the same appearance amongst miners fresh from the colliery. Then the huge blackamoor approached the frying pan and upset it with the branch and went forth by the way he came in. They fared on till they had climbed the mountain and descended unto a great desert which they had never seen during all their lives; and the Sultan and his merry men marvelled much at the wold set in the midst of four mountains, and the tarn and its fishes of four colours, red and white, yellow and blue.

Do thou take thy seat at my tent door, and say to the Emirs and Wazirs, the Nabobs and the Chamberlains, in fine to all who ask thee:— The Sultan is ill at ease, and he hath ordered me to refuse all admittance; 2 and be careful thou let none know my design. Then the King changed his dress and ornaments and, slinging his sword over his shoulder, took a path which led up one of the mountains and marched for the rest of the night till morning dawned; nor did he cease wayfaring till the heat was too much for him. After his long walk he rested for a while, and then resumed his march and fared on through the second night till dawn, when suddenly there appeared a black point in the far distance.

I am a stranger and a wayfarer; have you aught here of victual? Yet it was furnished with silken stuffs gold starred; and the hangings were let down over the door ways. In the midst was a spacious court off which set four open saloons each with its raised dais, saloon facing saloon; a canopy shaded the court and in the centre was a jetting fount with four figures of lions made of red gold, spouting from their mouths water clear as pearls and diaphanous gems.

Round about the palace birds were let loose and over it stretched a net of golden wire, hindering them from flying off; in brief there was everything but human beings. The King marvelled mightily thereat, yet felt he sad at heart for that he saw no one to give him account of the waste and its tarn, the fishes, the mountains and the palace itself. Presently as he sat between the doors in deep thought behold, there came a voice of lament, as from a heart grief spent and he heard the voice chanting these verses:—.

I hid what I endured of him 3 and yet it came to light,. But whenas Destiny descends she blindeth human sight 4. When cark and care so heavy bear on youth 5 of generous soul. Now when the Sultan heard the mournful voice he sprang to his feet; and, following the sound, found a curtain let down over a chamber door. He raised it and saw behind it a young man sitting upon a couch about a cubit above the ground; and he fair to the sight, a well shaped wight, with eloquence dight; his forehead was flower white, his cheek rosy bright, and a mole on his cheek breadth like an ambergris mite; even as the poet cloth indite:—.

The King rejoiced and saluted him, but he remained sitting in his caftan of silken stuff pureed with Egyptian gold and his crown studded with gems of sorts; but his face was sad with the traces of sorrow. I would thou acquaint me with the secrets of this tarn and its fishes and of this palace and thy loneliness therein and the cause of thy groaning and wailing.

I was minded to ask thee the mystery of the fishes only: whereas now I am concerned to learn thy story as well as theirs. They will often be mentioned in The Nights. The word has two meanings see Burckhardt, Arab. The old Persian occupation of Egypt, not to speak of the Persian speaking Circassians and other rulers has left many such traces in popular language.

And, as will be seen, Persians have bequeathed to the outer world worse things than bad language, e. It corresponds with the Lat. Know then, O my lord, that whilome my sire was King of this city, and his name was Mahmud, entitled Lord of the Black Islands, and owner of what are now these four mountains. He ruled three score and ten years, after which he went to the mercy of the Lord and I reigned as Sultan in his stead. I took to wife my cousin, the daughter of my paternal uncle, 1 and she loved me with such abounding love that whenever I was absent she ate not and she drank not until she saw me again.

She cohabited with me for five years till a certain day when she went forth to the Hammam bath; and I bade the cook hasten to get ready all requisites for our supper. And I entered this palace and lay down on the bed where I was wont to sleep and bade two damsels to fan my face, one sitting by my head and the other at my feet. Nay, more, cloth she not drug every night the cup she giveth him to drink before sleep time, and put Bhang 3 into it? So he sleepeth and wotteth not whither she goeth, nor what she doeth; but we know that after giving him the drugged wine, she donneth her richest raiment and perfumeth herself and then she fareth out from him to be away till break of day; then she cometh to him, and burneth a pastile under his nose and he awaketh from his deathlike sleep.

Presently the daughter of my uncle came from the baths; and they set the table for us and we ate and sat together a fair half hour quaffing our wine as was ever our wont. Then she called for the particular wine I used to drink before sleeping and reached me the cup; but, seeming to drink it according to my wont, I poured the contents into my bosom; and, lying down, let her hear that I was asleep. I rose and followed her as she left the palace and she threaded the streets until she came to the city gate, where she spoke words I understood not, and the padlocks dropped of themselves as if broken and the gate leaves opened.

She went forth and I after her without her noticing aught till she came at last to the outlying mounds 4 and a reed fence built about a round roofed hut of mud bricks. As she entered the door, I climbed upon the roof which commanded a view of the interior, and lo!

He was to boot a leper and a paralytic, lying upon a strew of sugar cane trash and wrapped in an old blanket and the foulest rags and tatters.

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Here have been with me sundry of the black brethren, who drank their wine and each had his young lady, and I was not content to drink because of thine absence. And did not I fear for thy sake, I would not let a single sun arise before making his city a ruined heap wherein raven should croak and howlet hoot, and jackal and wolf harbour and loot; nay I had removed its very stones to the back side of Mount Kaf. Now I swear an oath by the velour and honour of blackamoor men and deem not our manliness to be; the poor manliness of white men , from today forth if thou stay away till this hour, I will not keep company with thee nor will I glue my body with thy body and strum and belly bump Dost play fast and loose with us, thou cracked pot, that we may satisfy thy dirty lusts?

But my wife humbly stood up weeping before and wheedling the slave, and saying, O my beloved, and very fruit of my heart, there is none left to cheer me but thy dear self; and, if thou cast me off who shall take me in, O my beloved, O light of my eyes? Then was she right glad and stood up and doffed her clothes, even to her petticoat trousers, and said, 0 my master what hast thou here for thy handmaiden to eat?

When I saw my wife, my cousin, the daughter of my uncle, do this deed 8 I clean lost my wits, and climbing down from the roof, I entered and took the sword which she had with her and drew it, determined to cut down the twain. I climbed upon the roof. It was the same in a modified form amongst the Jews and in both races the consanguineous marriage was not attended by the evil results idiotcy, congenital deafness, etc. For this purpose hemp is always used at least I never heard of henbane ; and various preparations of the drug are sold at an especial bazar in Cairo.

Of these intoxicants, properly so termed, I shall have something to say in a future page. The use of Bhang doubtless dates from the dawn of civilisation, whose earliest social pleasures would be inebriants. Herodotus iv. African Bushmen of the present day. This would be the earliest form of smoking: it is still doubtful whether the pipe was used or not. Galen also mentions intoxication by hemp. Amongst Moslems, the Persians adopted the drink as an ecstatic, and about our thirteenth century Egypt, which began the practice, introduced a number of preparations to be noticed in the course of The Nights.

The term is true and picturesque so I translate it literally. Buza, the Russian Buza millet beer , our booze, the O. Central Africans drink it in immense quantities: in Unyamwezi the standing bedsteads, covered with bark-slabs, are all made sloping so as to drain off the liquor.

A chief lives wholly on beef and Pombe which is thick as gruel below. Hops are unknown: the grain, mostly Holcus, is made to germinate, then pounded, boiled and left to ferment. We have all known women who sacrificed everything despite themselves, as it were, for the most worthless of men. The world stares and scoffs and blames and understands nothing. The famous Wilkes said only a half truth when he backed himself, with an hour s start, against the handsomest man in England; his uncommon and remarkable ugliness he was, as the Italians say, un bel brutto was the highest recommendation in the eyes of very beautiful women.

It awoke the daughter of my uncle, so I sheathed the sword and fared forth for the city; and, entering the palace, lay upon my bed and slept till morning when my wife aroused me and I saw that she had cut off her hair and had donned mourning garments. Quoth she:— O son of my uncle, blame me not for what I do; it hath just reached me that my mother is dead, and my father hath been killed in holy war, and of my brothers one hath lost his life by a snake sting and the other by falling down some precipice; and I can and should do naught save weep and lament.

When I heard her words I refrained from all reproach and said only:— Do as thou list; I certainly will not thwart thee. She continued sorrowing, weeping and wailing one whole year from the beginning of its circle to the end, and when it was finished she said to me. Thither she carried the slave and lodged him; but he was exceeding weak by reason of his wound, and unable to do her love service; he could only drink wine and from the day of his hurt he spake not a word, yet he lived on because his appointed hour 2 was not come.

Every day, morning and evening, my wife went to him and wept and wailed over him and gave him wine and strong soups, and left not off doing after this manner a second year; and I bore with her patiently and paid no heed to her. Speak to me, O my life; talk with me, O my love? Then she recited these verses:—. The moaning of my bones responsive to your cry. Though the world all be mine and like Kisra-kings 4 I reign;.

When she had ended for a time her words and her weeping I said to her — O my cousin, let this thy mourning suffice, for in pouring forth tears there is little profit! Thwart me not, answered she, in aught I do, or I will lay violent hands on myself! So I held my peace and left her to go her own way; and she ceased not to cry and keen and indulge her affliction for yet another year. At the end of the third year I waxed aweary of this lonesome mourning, and one day I happened to enter the cenotaph when vexed and angry with some matter which had thwarted me, and suddenly I heard her say:— O my lord, I never hear thee vouch safe a single word to me!

Why cost thou not answer me, O my master? When I heard such verses as these rage was heaped upon my rage I cried out:— Well away! When she heard my words she sprang to her feet crying. In my wrath I cried:— O thou foulest of harlots and filthiest of whores ever futtered by negro slaves who are hired to have at thee! But she laughed my words and mine intent to scorn crying: To heel, hound that thou art! Alas 6 for the past which shall no more come to pass nor shall any one avail the dead to raise. Allah hath indeed now given into my hand him who did to me this thing, a deed that hath burned my heart with a fire which died not and a flame which might not be quenched!

Then she stood up; and, pronouncing some words to me unintelligible, she said:— By virtue of my egromancy become thou half stone and half man; whereupon I became what thou seest, unable to rise or to sit, and neither dead nor alive. Moreover she ensorcelled the city with all its streets and garths, and she turned by her gramarye the four islands into four mountains around the tarn whereof thou questionest me; and the citizens, who were of four different faiths, Moslem, Nazarene, Jew and Magian, she transformed by her enchantments into fishes; the Moslems are the white, the Magians red, the Christians blue and the Jews yellow.

And every day at sunrise she cometh forth, and first strippeth me, and whippeth me with an hundred strokes of the leathern scourge, and I weep and shriek; but there is no power of motion in my lower limbs to keep her off me. After ending her tormenting me she visiteth the slave, bringing him wine and boiled meats. And to morrow at an early hour she will be here. Then was he ware of lighted candles and lamps, and the perfume of incenses and unguents, and directed by these, he made for the slave and struck him one stroke killing him on the spot: after which he lifted him on his back and threw him into a well that was in the palace.

O my master! Thou hast rid me of the branch but not of the root. O my negro ring! Go at once and set them free then come to me and take my hand, and raise me up, for a little strength is already back in me. Also:— Whoever visiteth the graves of his parents or one of them every Friday, he shall be written a pious son, even though he might have been in the world, before that, a disobedient. Pilgrimage, ii. The wild people love to be buried upon hill slopes whence they can look down upon the camp; and they still call out the names of kinsmen and friends as they pass by the grave-yards.

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A similar piece occurs in Wetzstein p. The Peshdadian or Assyrian race, proto-historics for whom dates fail, 2. The Sassanides which have already been mentioned. Cyrus, Ahasuerus? For details especially connected with Zoroaster see vol. The book is most valuable, but the proper names are so carelessly and incorrectly printed that the student is led into perpetual error. But the custom was much older and Mandeville chaps.

And it still endures; although abolished in the cities it is the rule for Christians, at least in the country parts of Egypt and Syria. I may here remark that such detached passages as these are absolutely useless for chronology: they may be simply the additions of editors or mere copyists. Mohammed , also titled Al—Mujtaba, the Accepted Pilgrimage, ii. She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the young woman, the sorceress, took in hand some of the tarn water and spake over it words not to be understood, the fishes lifted their heads and stood up on the instant like men, the spell on the people of the city having been removed.

The series is written and produced and directed in the cutting room by Peter Firstbrook with Sun Shuyun as location director. It will air on. BBC 4 in Spring Director: Herbert Achternbusch. In German. Directed by Steve Oedekerk. Starring Jim Carrey. Ace retires to a monastery high up in the mountains of Tibet, where he is finding his peace and meditating in Tibetan monk's robes while butterflies flutter about his head, on which he wears a Tibetan monk's hat. In this "enlightened" state [he is asked to do something and can't decide] he recalls the Tibetan abbot.

Sinking into meditation he, or rather his aura," rushes at great speed to Tibet.

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Floating in the air, Ace asks the abbot for advice; he seems to know everything, as befits a Tibetan monk. Martin Brauen, Dreamworld Tibet. USA, , 94 minutes. AH HO YE is a revealed mind treasure containing profound pith instructions for the realization of the nature of mind. Produced by the London charity, The Tibet Foundation to document its projects in education, healthcare and economic development.

During her miraculous years, she traveled extensively through Asia, especially in the Himalayas, where she followed an incredible spiritual path. Using spectacular archival footage, this program traces that path from her early careers as a philosopher and novelist, to her later vocation as a Buddhist monk. We also become privy to her two years as a hermit in the Himalayas, and to her secret pilgrimage to the holy city of Lhasa Director: Carl Reiner.

Full- Hollywood comedy. She never could enjoy life, as she was either in a wheelchair or in bed, so she decided to take a chance: Prahka Lasa, a Tibetan master of meditation, should transfer her soul into the body of Terry Hoskins, whose soul therefore will become one with the universe. Accidentally, her soul is transferred into the body of her unliked lawyer Roger Cobb, whose soul remains in his body. Now, Edwina has control about the right half of Roger's body, his soul about only the left half.

They struggle together to get her soul into the right body, but not without having some conflicts between themselves to solve. Documentary about Buddhist monks becoming engaged in political affairs in Burma and Tibet. Mostly about Tibet, probably because there is more video footage and the Dalai Lama is interviewed. Not terribly well-informed. Chinese film. In each village in this remote area of the world, there is a traditional Tibetan medicine man named the "Amchi.

With the construction of a new road, however, the valley was left vulnerable to the outside world. Since then, the younger generation has rejected the age-old wisdom and practices of the Amchi, embracing more modern, lucrative activities instead. As a result, these forgotten healers of the Himalayas are perhaps the last to practice Tibetan medicine. Directed by Edward Burger. Burger takes us on his unforgettable journey into the hidden lives of China's forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition It is widely thought that this tradition was all but wiped out by the twists and turns of history.

One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these hidden sages, Burger reveals to us their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives. With both humor and compassion, these inspiring and warm-hearted characters challenge us to join them in an exploration of our own suffering and enlightenment in this modern world. The Dalai Lama talks about the changing role of the institution of the Dalai Lama in modern times. London, April Tibetan language only. Wisdom Films, 52 minutes.

An short animated film by Gentsu Gyatso a. Bin Bai. A Tibetan fable, in vivid colours, of an indomitable tree, assailed yet triumphant. Lecture by Dr. Rabgay, in English, about the relationship between Western psychotherapy and Buddhist philosophy. London, January In three parts: an overview of Tibetan Buddhism, a commentary on Bodhicharyavatara, and a question and answer period.

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  4. Dalai Lama concerning the Shugden controversy which has created tensions within the Tibetan Buddhist community. Details the effects of modernization on traditional life in Ladakh. The Video Project. This video " Director: Seymour Kneitel. Animated film. Only one of them wouldn't toe the line: Gendun Choephel, the errant monk who left monastic life in in search of a new challenge.

    A free spirit and multifaceted individual, he was far ahead of his time and has since become a seminal figure, a symbol of hope for a free Tibet. A rebel and voluble critic of the establishment, Gendun Choephel kindled the anger of the Tibetan authorities. The film uses an abundance of unique and rare historical footage available to the general public for the first time. But it does not dwell on the past; rather it skillfully oscillates between then and now.

    Archival images of ancient caravans and monasteries give way to scenes of discos and multi-lane highways in Lhasa where pilgrims prostrate themselves as they circle the holy temple. Ultimately, this road movie also tells the story of a man who left home to search for something that could have liberated traditional Tibet from its rigidity. An outsider who was always open to new things, he eventually became a stranger in his homeland and homeless in foreign lands - a wanderer between worlds.

    Distributor: Xenix film distribution, www. Director: Dorje Tsering Chenaktshang. For economic reasons her parents thought otherwise. She decided to run away to a nunnery in order to receive the education she was dreaming of. Dorje Tsering Chenaktshang follows her during her trip to a nearby town to get her tape recorder fixed. The recorder is her knowledge tool which she uses to learn Tibetan. The film is a tender and poetic portrait of Lhacham's first journey into town. Tibetan with English sub-titles.

    Chinese film directed by Liu Baode and Zhang Qiming. Takes place in a Tibetan area of Qinghai province. Class struggle wins out. Xian Film Studio. Recorded live in Arizona. The Dalai Lama speaks of positive and negative desires and how through training we can reduce anger and hatred and increase love and forgiveness. Produced by Nidhi Tuli and Ashraf Abbas.

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    The film focuses on Dharamsalas Norbulingka Art Institute, which teaches pure Tibetan art forms and hopes to achieve the seemingly impossible goal of transporting them back to Tibet one day. English, Tibetan and Hindi with English sub-titles. Reveals modern-day Tibet from the Tibetan perspective. Explores the approach to death as revealed in the ancient Tibetan scriptures and practiced in local customs throughout the centuries. American-made film " The Caravan Road was not only an important route for the trade of tea and horses, but also a corridor connecting Chinese and Tibetan language, people, religion, and cultures.

    Part 1: The Last Horse Caravan. Part 2: Road to Pilgrimage. Part 3: Tea Makes the Road Open. Part 4: The Salt in Yanjing. Part 5: Himalayan Salt Trek. Part 6: Guge, Mystery of the Lost Kingdom. In Korean. One hour each episode. Film by Oliver Higgins and Melanie Carrier. The film makers cycled " The title comes from the term "azimuth", the name given to the direction we take from the compass.

    English and French with English sub-titles. These talks provide clear and engaging instructions on the 3 types of practitioners, bodhicitta, training in discipline and concentration, secret mantra and so on. Ponlop Rinpoche is known for his lucidity, humor, excellent English, and sharp intellect.

    Directors: Lottie Marsau, Katharina Rosa. Meridian Trust, 40 minutes, color. Based on the experiences of Ven. Bagdro from Ganden Monastery who endured three years in a Chinese prison and wrote a book A Hell on Earth relating those experiences. This film is based on an interview with him. Produced by Institut Yeunten Ling, Belgium. Interview with the late Ven. Kalu Rinpoche on the teachings related to the period after death. Meridian Trust, 45 minutes. Chongqing TV,s,. In Chinese, Story by Tashi Dawa. Chinese film directed by Zhu Jinming in They're not Indian enough, they've never been to Tibet, they look Tibetan, they don't have Indian accents, but they live in India.


    Directed by: Moon Chang-yong and Jeon Jin. Born displaced from his original monastery in Tibet, the boy is denied his rightful place. Amid growing doubts and mounting expectations in the community, the boy and his elderly godfather embark on a gruelling, improbable trek across India to return the young monk-to-be to his rightful monastery before it becomes too late.

    Filmed over eight years, we witness an incredibly intimate bond of friendship between a future religious leader and his godfather, whose devotion and selflessness in care for the boy is truly touching. The film has a stirring and awe-inspiring air of serenity that befits its subject. Striking drone shots use the powerful magnitude of the natural landscape, particularly in the final moments in the snowy mountains The film is an evocative exploration of culture, tradition and identity, Becoming Who I Was artfully captures the universal truths of unconditional love, family bonds and sacrifice.

    South Korea. In Hindi Ladakhi Tibetan with English subtitles. A "Video-Document" by Wolf Kahlen. Below the monastery Kye, 10 feet high in Tibetan Spiti in the Himalayan ranges. The valley echoes a rhythmic song and demanding outcries to helping animals. A family of old Tibetan origin ploughs the winter stiff stony earth. Biblical pictures: just below heaven, strongly attached to the ground. The men leading the plough sing a work song as usual in Tibet. Of this one we do not know. Or is this one just another mantric-suggestively repeated bead on the rosary?!

    The clod is not easy to break, has to be hacked or smashed from above head down to the ground. The high plateau between the chain of mountain ridges and slopes on both side of the valley is exposed to a strong sun and cold winds: nothing but rocks, stones and dust, all the aggregates of earth.

    Above all like a crown on a needle pointed rock a monastery, whose cells were added up and attached within several centuries. Attached ones down here and unattached ones up there, tight together. For more information contact the film-maker: ruine-kuenste. By Robert Zimmerman and John Miglietta.

    The purpose of the journey, besides adventure, was to renew India's ancient academic and cultural links with the people of Central Asia. The 5-part serial on the expedition, commissioned by Doordarshan, was produced by Michael Haggiag and directed by Goutam Ghoshe. The detailed account of the expedition is given in my book Silk Road on Wheels. Suydam Cutting on his expedition to Tibet in Contains glimpses of traditional Tibetan life styles and represents some of the earliest motion picture footage of that country.

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    Included in the film are the city of Lhasa, high government officials, Buddhist ceremonies and striking geographical features of the mountainous countryside. Newark Museum , 30 minutes, telephone: Available from the U. Mission of Bhutan, New York. Franz Lavi Films. Mission of Bhutan. Taking the Middle Path to Happiness". Directed by Tom Vendetti. Superficial travelogue almost exclusively about the land, flora and fauna; Bhutan as perfection on earth.

    The film is stunningly beautiful with some excellent time-lapse photography. More a nature film than anything else. PBS video. Produced and directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. The "spirit" of the chest tells the children to think of special gifts and messages to offer to the kids of the future. The children work on their presents. Some make drawings, carve objects, or simply put in everyday items like clothes and books while others record video messages and songs. The film focuses on four children, each of whom has a different story to tell.

    At the end, the children gather to give their presents to the "spirit" who places them inside the chest. Before disappearing, he tells them that the chest will be reopened only in the year and invites them to be present at the occasion. Director: Xiang Liang. Emei Film Studio. In Chinese. The Soul of Tibet". Nothing unusual; totally favorable.

    Right out of the Dalai lama's biographies and John Avedon's book. In fact, he visited India. No mention of the CIA's involvement, etc. About 45 minutes. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. Anglican nuns attempt to establish a religious community in the Himalayas, and must battle not only suspicious locals and the elements, but their own demons as well. The striking color cinematography won the year's Oscar. The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet".

    They journeyed to meet the Tsoknyi Nangchen nuns women who practice the ancient yogic traditions initiated in the s by the first Tsoknyi Rinpoche, who envisioned a time when these women would become some of the most accomplished spiritual practitioners in the world.

    Despite all 40 nunneries being destroyed during the Cultural Revolution of the s, a handful of survivors kept their practices alive, and emerged to rebuild their sanctuaries by hand Now the wisdom tradition of the nuns is once again vital and growing. Blessings is the compelling story of these remarkable female practitioners. Narrated by Richard Gere, this feature-length video explores the unique world of the nuns who study under Tsoknyi Rinpoche's guidance The film explores the lives of the growing numbers of nuns who have come together and are now living and practicing together in nunneries, large and small, across Nangchen.

    Directed by Lucy Walker. Produced by Sybil Robson Orr. A dangerous journey soon becomes a seemingly impossible challenge made all the more remarkable by the fact that the teenagers are blind. Director: Paul Maslak. Starring Cynthia Rothrock. The basic plot is a Cantonese take on The Golden Child, with La Rothrock playing a Tibetan Buddhist monkette sent to retrieve the reincarnation of an important lama. An evil force has taken over her temple, and Cyndy must do battle against her kung fu fighting fellow monks.

    The Most striking sequences are those actually filmed on location in Tibet. It's unusual to see the blonde American woman in martial arts sequences staged amid ancient stone monuments. Hong Kong? It places this tragic incident in the context of China's invasion and occupation of Tibet for viewers who may not be as familiar with the Tibet situation, and includes original footage from the Cultural Revolution. On September 30, Chinese forces opened fire on a group of 73 Tibetan refugees attempting to escape Tibet through the Nangpa Pass into Nepal.

    Mountaineers at a nearby Everest base camp witnessed the Chinese border patrol guards taking careful aim and firing at the line of defenseless Tibetans seeking freedom from Chinese repression. Kelsang Namtso, a seventeen year old nun, was shot dead, and many others, including young children, were detained for several months before being released to their families. To order a copy, please email kala studentsforafreetibet. With 14 hours of programs, listening this set is almost like attending the teachings. English translation, with selectable Chinese and Spanish. Directed by Tad Fettig.

    His philosophy has always been to climb new routes, ideally on unclimbed peaks in remote and unknown regions. Sepu Kangri, unclimbed and hidden in central Tibet fits the bill. Filmed by Jim Curran this film captures beautifully what expedition life is like for a small, close knit group of friends. A number of boys are being brought forward as reincarnations of a single tulku or lama, and they are forced to jockey for the status that comes with that title. Directed by Oystein F Rakkenes,. Breaking the Wall of Silence will take you behind the scenes of the Tibetan struggle.

    It will present monks and nuns willing to risk their lives in trying to march across the Himalayas back home to Tibet. It will also portray icons such as the Dalai Lama and the writer Tsering Woeser. In English. Distributed by Alexander Street Press. At the Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala a photographic project was established as part of the Bridges to Understanding project based in Seattle, WA which connects young people worldwide through digital storytelling.

    These short films are views of the Tibetan community in India as seen through the eyes of their children. Directed and produced by Neten Chokling,. Known as the teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him.

    Two of his admirers are Richard Gere and Lou Reed, who provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world. Brilliant Moon was filmed in Tibet, India, Bhutan, the United States and Nepal, and uses animation, rare archival footage, and photos, along with new interviews with some of Tibet's great teachers, to tell Khyentse Rinpoche's moving life story, from birth to death to rebirth. Answers questions concerning problems commonly faced by Western Buddhist centers.

    Directed by Tenzin Tsetan Choklay. Bringing Tibet Home is a documentary film currently in production. It tells the story of artist Tenzing Rigdol, as he sets out on a mission to bring Tibet closer to Tibetan exiles through an unprecedented art project titled, Our Land, Our People. The installation involves the artist, bringing 20, kilos of native Tibetan soil from Tibet to India. This soil is laid out on a platform set up in Dharamsala, India where he will give a chance to thousands of exiled Tibetans to walk on their home soil In June , after months of deliberation and preparation, Tenzing flew halfway across the globe from New York to Nepal, to set up base for the next two months to work on the new and secret because of its highly political implications project The film quietly follows Tenzing for many months as he travels from New York to.

    Nepal and to India by air, road and train in order to make this unusual art installation project happen The exhibition remained open for three days. Thousands of Tibetans, young and old, got a chance to walk on the smuggled Tibetan soil In Tibetan and English with English subtitles. Tibet TV. Tibetan Contemporary household drama. Banned before release and never shown in Tibet, or anywhere else for that matter. In Chinese and Tibetan with English subtitles. Currently in production. For ages 11 to Video Two: "Buddhist View of Life" visits Theravadin, Tibetan and Western-style centers and investigates Buddhist ceremonies, practices in daily life and traditional ways of teaching.

    Buddhist Meditation Geshe Namgyal Wangchen, the resident teacher of Manjushri London Center, gives an explanation of the basic techniques involved in meditation, particularly focusing on the practice of samatha, or calm abiding. Each video 35 minutes. Geshe Namgyak Wangchen, the resident teacher of Manjushri London Center gives an explanation of the basic techniques involved in meditation, particularly focusing on the practice of samatha, or calm abiding.

    Extensive teachings given by the Dalai Lama at the Camden Centre, London, over three days covering the whole scope of Buddhist philosophy. Translated by Jeffrey Hopkins. Meridian Trust, 10 hours. The Dalai Lama is shown praying with the faithful. Chow Yun-Fat, the handsome Hong Kong star of many of Woo's HK blockbusters of the '80s and '90s, is a Tibetan monk entrusted with protecting a sacred scroll that can deliver ultimate power for good or evil.

    He receives the scroll in an isolated monastery in , just as the Nazis come looking for it. They kill all the monks except our hero, who has no name. He falls over a cliff. Struker, the head Nazi Karel Roden , vows to keep searching. Sixty years after the Nazi incident, Mr No Name looking younger than ever is in a US city when he meets an American who's probably the next incarnation of the scroll protector.

    Kar is a pickpocket who learned kung-fu from watching old HK movies. The film's one grace note is the scene where we see him dancing on the roof of the fleapit cinema where he's the projectionist, in perfect unison with a scratchy old kung-fu movie. In English with some German and Tibetan. Director: Zhang Youngshou. Drama about the Tibetan Transportation Bureau and political activities therein. August First Film Studio. Through the Holy City of Lhasa, starving and exhausted, he makes his way across the rooftop of the world to the impoverished Nepalese villages and into the sacred lands of India.

    Nearly six years later, he establishes a Buddhist center in the West and befriends filmmaker Geoff Browne on the streets of Vancouver.

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    Together, they travel back to the Rinpoche s home village where Geoff witnesses an emotional reunion between the Rinpoche, his Master and family. Full circle for the Rinpoche, but just the beginning for Geoff -- as he is now inspired to retell his friends remarkable life story. Boundless Light Productions, Geoff Browne tel and email: boundlesslight gmail.

    Choedak speaks about the historical development of medicine in Tibet and how it is practiced today. Directed and written by Eric Valli. Filmed in the Dolpo region of Nepal, French director Valli spent 32 weeks trekking over km and crossing passes as high as 5, meters to realistic trace the route of trading caravans. Using no professional actors, this fictional story depicts "village elder Tinle is enraged when his eldest son dies in an accident and holds the caravan's new leader Karma, responsible.

    Another caravan is due to set out before winter, but Tinle refuses to let Karma lead it. Karma sets out anyway, well before the shaman's auspicious date. Tinle, determined to assert his authority, enlists his second son Norbu, a Buddhist monk, and sets out at a furious pace to overtake Karma's caravan, choosing some dangerously precipitous shortcuts. And beautiful,. It isn't romantic If Hollywood has created myths about Tibetans, then a movie like Himalaya breaks them down, while keeping the story universal.

    Here she faced unimaginable cold, wild animals, near-starvation and avalanches; grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three-feet-square - she never lay down. Her goal - to gain enlightenment as a woman Now a globe-trotting fundraiser she is battling to build a nunnery in India More info at: www. Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian. The mountain village of Bingzhongluo-Tibetan for "Village of Tibetans" is located on the high plateau of western Yunnan Province, at the foot of Gaoligong Mountain. The journey of more than 90 kilometers zigzags through high mountain slopes, dense forests, gorges and wastelands.

    Year-round caravans have plied the Tea-Horse Road, traversing the Hengduan Mountains, packing tea, salt, grains and other provisions. Created more than two thousand years ago, the Tea-Horse Road is the highest and most perilous of the world's ancient routes, and to this day still show vibrant signs of life.

    This film is a record of the Tea-Horse Road, the caravans of the Nujiang River Valley, and the aboriginal peoples who live there -- Mm. Special features include a history of Tibet and its struggle, as well as a glimpse at what it takes to organize such an event! Narrated by His Holiness' translator. Ritual music and dances of Tibetan monks from northern India. Pre-liberation family drama of powerful, decadent, Tibetan local rulers in s Amdo.

    The shaman and the mayor of Chayarsaba, Nepal, visit the "other world" in Vienna. This Austrian "village" is not the termination of heaven and earth, they claim to see paradise here, where everything gleams like a mirror, where one can eat one's fill, where the source of all food is invisible, where one can sit while working and traveling, and where machines do all the work.

    At the same time they are confused by the stored bones of the dead, the statues in the windows which wear clothes but do not breathe, and by the overweight people who use machines to squeeze out their sweat and fat. Two different cultures are contrasted on the level of personal experience and reaction - directly, spontaneously and immediately.

    Director: Melinda Wearne. Focuses on three young children who recently made the journey, as well as an older Tibetan man who is completing his education. In English and Tibetan. Rights and Wrongs Series. Chip Taylor Communications. Charles Suydam Cutting, American ethnologist and botanist, visited Tibet in , and In he traveled in Tibetans areas of China. See also his To Lhasa and Shigatse. Available from the Tibetan Government in Exile. A "video document" by Wolf Kahlen, in German.

    And they do so. Choboi Lama, 87 years old, practices Choed, a ritual of Sacrificing the Ego It quotes the essential text passages, but does not show the secret practices on [sic] cemeteries. These I saw but would never show. By Wangdu Lama. Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche studied at Nadrag Monastery, a Nyingma monastery, and then completed the traditional sadhana of practicing Chod in cremation grounds.

    Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche , with trans. This delightful and profound doha presents the view, path and fruition of Mahamudra in language that is both colorful and instructive. Thrangu Rinpoche's commentary on this text provides insight into the circumstances surrounding this doha and teaches the meaning of the doha with clarity and precision. DVD set. Made for Chinese TV. Translation of Chinese period comedy. The film " For a perceptive and informative discussion of this film and many other issues see Peter H. The Dalai Lama "Atishas concise and comprehensive text brings together the essential points of the three turnings of the Wheel of Dharma By James Zito.

    It is also a moving look at the brutal treatment endured by the Tibetan people at the hands of the Communist Chinese, who since have sought to eradicate the Tibetans' culture and religion. Speaking with unprecedented candor, the Dalai Lama describes his upbringing and key moments in his life, while his countrymen bear witness to their personal ordeals. Featuring never-before-seen footage and beauty of Tibet, Compassion in Exile is at once a testament to the humility and gentle wisdom of a great spiritual leader and a heartfelt plea for the salvation of a people.

    Produced by Lemle Pictures Inc. Distributed by Direct Cinema Limited, P. Box , Santa Monica, CA Phone: By Tashi Eugyal. The Dalai Lama talking about cultivating compassion for ourselves and others. Talk sponsored by the Tibet Society of the U. A rich, full, and accessible talk that conveys the wisdom, humor, and power of the Dalai Lama. Filmed 'live from the Gibson Amphitheatre. With humor and insight, Rinpoche explains the process in detail and shows how to apply the teachings in real-world situations. These five talks are taught in English.

    BBC documentary. Directed by Oliver Clark. The programme combines archive footage with the views of both the Tibetans and the Chinese. Personal stories from Tibetans in exile tell of the Chinese policy of patriotic re-education under which monks have been persecuted and have had to renounce the Dalai Lama. Yet the Chinese honestly believe that China has saved the Tibetans from feudalism, They say that they have built schools, hospitals and roads, and that 50 years after it 'liberated' Tibet, there has been 'great social progress' in the region, a view contested by the Tibetans in exile.

    Directed by Johanna Demetrakas. Produced by Johanna Demetrakas and Lisa Leeman. Documentary about the controversial Chogyam Trungpa one of the earliest missionary for Tibetan Buddhism in the West. It would have helped to hear from people critical of Trungpa and from traditional Tibetan Buddhists, who might put his teachings, his crazy wisdom and his followers in perspective.

    Made of embroidered silk and applique, these thangkas are rare, and exquisitely beautiful. Creating Buddhas is a documentary about a woman who makes Buddhas out of silk. Trained in Dharamsala, India, for nine years, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of the few female fabric thangka makers in the world. A fabric thangka is a silk embroidered and appliqued art form in Tibetan Buddhism that is so rare that in some places it is only seen once a year, and then only for a few hours.