Words of My Perfect Teacher (2006)





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From the World Cup to the mythical mountain kingdom of Bhutan, "Words of My Perfect Teacher" follows three students on a quest they hope will lead to wisdom. The catch is the teacher,. soccer obsessed, charismatic filmmaker, and citizen of the world: Khyentse Norbu may be one of the world's most eminent Buddhist teachers, but it's a job description he slyly rejects at every turn.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest , Faith & Spirituality
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Critic Reviews for Words of My Perfect Teacher

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

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
San Francisco Chronicle
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Thoughtful, surprisingly fast-moving docu overcomes contextual messiness to provide a memorably quirky look at Dzonghsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
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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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Words of My Perfect Teacher


Great doc about Khyentse Norbu, a Tibetan Lama. As a student of Buddhism, it's really cool to see a master who takes a very modern approach to his teachings. Basically the film follows Rinpoche, the Lama, as he travels around the world, from a World Cup game, to Sept. 11th, and finally back to Bhutan. The filmmakers are students as well, and are trying to learn from the Lama, studying everything he says and does as it trickles through the modern filter of our world. "When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetans will be scattered across the earth like ants and the dharma will come to the land of the red man."

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