Words of My Perfect Teacher

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He's known by different names -- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, or Khyentse Norbu, the great Buddhist instructor reincarnated -- but either way, Norbu might be the most unassuming of Buddhist gurus. Reluctant to embrace what many perceive as his destiny, he prefers soccer games and drinks and even works in the movie industry as a director. This film follows Norbu on a pilgrimage to Bhutan by way of Germany and the United States after the 9/11 attacks, interviewing other Buddhists along the way.

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  • Perhaps Patten is trying to do to us what Rinpoche does to his followers, but the film's meandering structure and intrusive narration detract from the focus on the master.

    December 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • Thoughtful, surprisingly fast-moving docu overcomes contextual messiness to provide a memorably quirky look at Dzonghsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

    December 7, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Dzongsar's blunt and dismissive tone will come as a rude shock, but the film surrounding him serves as an excellent springboard to spiritual discussion beyond its value as a stereotype-buster.

    December 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Much like Rinpoche has let go of what others expect a Buddhist leader to be like, Patten's documentary is her own way of letting go of what others expect a documentary about Buddhism to be like.

    April 23, 2007 | Full Review…

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