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‘American Rinpoche’ screens 7 p.m. Sunday at Nevada County Library

“The American Rimpoche,” a documentary film about the life of Gelek Rimpoche, screens at 7 p.m. Sunday at Nevada County Library.

To the Western imagination, Tibet evokes the exotic, the spiritual, and, since its invasion by China, the political; a fabled land, sheltered from modernity and threatened by extinction. Americans are enchanted with Tibet and its particular form of Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama has achieved rock-star status and many American seekers have turned to him for answers to today’s pressing conflicts and concerns.



Gelek Rimpoche was born in this legendary Shangri-la.

Part of the aristocracy, he trained as a traditional monk but was forced to flee in 1959.




He has lived an extraordinary life spanning continents, customs, and cultures. Framed by archival photos of old Tibet taken by Rimpoche’s father in the 1930s and ’40s,

The film traverses the link between one man’s job as a modern spiritual teacher and the impact of Tibet’s myths and practices on Americans seeking direction in an increasingly complex world.

No longer in monks’ robes, now a citizen of the United States, Gelek Rimpoche finds himself in the suburbs of Michigan with a devout international following and a new title: American Rimpoche.

Nikki Appino is an award winning media and theater artist. As a director, writer and producer, Appino has taken on subjects ranging from religion and sports to American History and pop culture.

She has received numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG directing fellowship.

The music in the film is by Phillip Glass.

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

This film is presented free.

Donations will be accepted to help fund the annual visit of Tibetan Buddhist Monks in January 2016.


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