Monday, December 30, 2013

WHEEL OF TIME (2003) - Werner Herzog


Buddhapalooza? Burning Mantra? Woodstock Under the Bodhi Tree? Herzog's filmed document of the festivities surrounding a huge Kalachakra sand mandala gathering first in India and later in Austria boasts many audio-visual wonders. An elaborate "wheel of time" made entirely of colored grains of sand. Giant boiling cauldrons of tea to feed thousands. Pilgrims prostrating themselves across miles and miles of rough terrain. An under the weather Dalai Lama. If you've ever wanted to see hordes of monks-in-training do 100,000 "prayer push-ups" in a row or clamor over free Tibetan schwag, then this is the Herzog doc to see.

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