Garchen Rinpoche
Garchen Rinpoche
Garchen Rinpoche
"The only cause of happiness is love. The only cause of suffering is self-grasping."
- Garchen Rinpoche

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CHRISTINA LUNDBERG - FILMMAKER

Christina Lundberg is an award winning filmmaker who has made movies on Buddhism for over 20 years. See her Movie Bio below. Christina has been a student of Garchen Rinpoche’s for 17 years and tells the story of how this film project was born and has progressed:

A Story That Must Be Told

In December 2006, Garchen Rinpoche said to me, that over the years many of his students had requested there be a movie made about his life. He asked me to compile some old footage into a movie that could be shown to his students to help them remember him after he had passed away. I knew there was a very limited amount of footage and since filmmaking is my profession I asked if I could instead make a professional movie with new and old footage combined. Rinpoche agreed, saying the more comprehensive the film the more benefit there would be. I realized how important it was for his story to be told.

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Special Video message from Garchen Rinpoche

Garchen Rinpoche in Israel
Christina Lundberg filming Garchen Rinpoche in Jerusalem, Israel

I began filming in January 2007 and for 3 years documented Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche’s extraordinary life and teachings in 14 countries. Because of your generosity and support, I have been successful in filming what I had hoped to capture.

Due to Rinpoche’s kindness and unusual openness, he has given me film access to both the public and private moments of his life. Thus the footage that is now gathered is truly unprecedented. It may be the most comprehensive collection of footage of a master of his stature that has ever been captured.

There was a very special time period of intensive training that occured for a select few in Tibet, and it can never be recreated again. Garchen Rinpoche is one of a handful of masters from this disappearing generation. Therefore, it is extremely precious and rare to have his immeasurable enlightened activities captured on film. Ultimately, I believe the reason this film project is manifesting is because Garchen Rinpoche sees and fully understands how much benefit his legacy and blessings will bring to the world, long after he has passed away.

I wanted to share some of my personal observations from the road since I have been in the unique position to witness Garchen Rinpoche in so many diverse cultures. Even though I’ve been his student for 17 years, I am continually amazed and deeply inspired by his infinite wisdom and by the compassion he has for absolutely everyone he encounters. He is a model of unconditional love embodied in a human being.

I can assure you the journey has been beyond words, which makes it challenging to express his inconceivable qualities. Yet, I have experienced Rinpoche’s vast magnificence, depth and profound presence at work in our world; all through the lens of the camera. Because of this I am confident that this film is the best medium to transmit the experience of Garchen Rinpoche to millions of others.

- Christina Lundberg


MOVIE BIO

2007-2015
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS
The Extraordinary Life of His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche

Completed in 11 languages
www.ForTheBenefitOfAllBeings.com

2002-2007
Directed, Produced, Filmed, Wrote and Edited
MYSTIC TIBET
An Outer, Inner and Secret Pilgrimage
A story of a pilgrimage through Tibet guided by Lama Zopa Rinpoche .
A documentary feature.
Visit: www.fpmt.org/Mystic-Tibet for preview

“This film is a visual and spiritual treat for the eye, the mind, and the heart … the result is a stunning new documentary.”
Mandala – A Tibetan Buddhist Journal

2002-2003
Directed, Produced, Filmed and Wrote
DISCOVERING BUDDHISM
A 13 part series on Tibetan Buddhism hosted by Richard Gere and Keanu Reeves
Features His Holiness the Dalai Lama, other respected teachers and students in this unprecedented series that gives an overview of the path
The series has been broadcast on national television in Korea, Russia, and Israel to hundreds of thousands of viewers.  It has been translated into German, French and Spanish and thousands of dvd sets have been sold worldwide.
Preview web movie:http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/

2000-2002
Directed, Produced, Filmed and Wrote
Preserving Mongolian Culture: BUDDHISM
A 26 part television series on Buddhism for Mongolian National Television
Hosted by Pierce Brosnan, Richard Gere and Keanu Reeves
Features His Holiness the Dalai Lama, other respected teachers and students giving an overview of the path and Mongolian history
This series has run for 3 years on national television to over 1.5 million viewers
Preview web movie: http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/

2000-2006
Directed, Produced, Filmed and Wrote
MAITREYA PROJECT
a video on the world’s largest statue, to be built in India
A symbol of loving kindness for humanity, the next wonder of the world.

Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour
a video of the relics that are touring and blessing the world
These videos are made in 9 different languages and have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people
Preview web movies: www.maitreyaproject.org

1993-1998
Directed, Produced, Filmed and Wrote
ON THE ROAD HOME A Spiritual Journey Guided by Remarkable Women
For sale: www.snowlionpub.com

Awards include:
* Best Documentary Feature – 1999 Houston International Worldfest
* Documentary Vision Award and Women's Eye Award, River Run International Festival 2000

Other Festivals ON THE ROAD HOME has played in include:
* Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival 2005
*International Buddhist Film Festival 2005
* Women’s Film Festival in Vermont 2004
* Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2000
* Hopes and Dreams Film Festival 2000
* Myhelan Film Festival 1999
* IFFM 1999

1991-1992
Production Assistant
COMPASSION IN EXILE - The Story of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Award winning feature documentary

1990
Filmed Mind and Life Institute Conference
His Holiness Dalai Lama and esteemed western scientists discuss nature of mind
Dharamsala, India with the Samaya Foundation

1990
Graduate of New York University Intensive Filmmaking Program

1989
B.A., University of Vermont

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