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This intense journey uncovers the long suffering of the Tibetan people and explores the deep inner meaning of pilgrimage, which purifies the mind and creates the good heart. These pilgrims discovered more than temples and holy mountains; they touched the extraordinary potential of their minds, their own enlightened nature.

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A 90-minute documentary

The participants made pilgrimage to many holy places, including Milarepa’s cave, Tsipri, and Reting Monastery (where Lama Tsongkhapa wrote the Lam Rim Chenmo). They did a late-night puja at the nunnery where Lama Yeshe’s former incarnation was once abbess, offered lights at the Jokhang, Lhasa’s most holy temple, chanted mantras to animals, and watched Lama Zopa Rinpoche – whose unbelievable compassion is evident in every word he utters, every smile and blessing he bestows – connect with the Tibetan people starved of teachers since the Chinese occupation. They hiked up unfathomable mountains and suffered altitude sickness. They took in the teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the infinite blessings of this holy land, and their hearts were transformed. As one pilgrim commented, “A pilgrimage with Rinpoche is not sightseeing. It’s like heart-seeing.”

Mystic Tibet vividly captures the grandeur and mystery of this life-changing journey. One feels intimately a part of the experience, seeing these holy places and holy objects that seem to live and breathe, enduring the hardships and receiving the blessings right along with the pilgrims. This film is a visual and spiritual treat for the eye, the mind, and the heart. Its evocative soundtrack with music by Nawang Khechog and Mercedes Bahleda is as much a part of the film as the extraordinary landscapes, intricate icons, and devoted faces – not to mention the heroic Italian pilgrim who finished the journey on crutches!

– Review from Mandala Magazine
April/May 2007

The DVD is now available from the FPMT Foundation Store.



Shakyamuni Statue at Sera

Monks Playing Horns

Lama Zopa

Reting Nunnery

Chenrezig Painting

Pilgrimages at the Potala

Lama Zopa with Maitreya

Lama Zopa in his Tent

Lama Zopa with Reting Nuns

Lama Zopa with Tibetans

Milarepa Wall Painting

Padbonka Cave

Pilgrims in the Snow

Prayer Flags at the Top of the Pass

Statues at Sera

Stupas at Pembo Valley

Christina Shooting the Movie

View from Milarepa Cave

Milarepa’s Cave

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A 90-minute documentary

In 1976, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa started the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which is an organization devoted to transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.  The FPMT is thriving with over 147 centers and projects worldwide. Please CLICK for further information on Lama Zopa Rinpoche.




Directed, produced, filmed, written, and edited by CHRISTINA LUNDBERG.

Christina Lundberg is an award winning filmmaker who brings her extensive experience making documentary films to Mystic Tibet. Her previous work includes Discovering Buddhism, a 13 part series on Tibetan Buddhism hosted by Richard Gere and Keanu Reaves, and featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other great lamas. She created a 26 part television series on Buddhism for Mongolia National Television which has run for three consecutive years to over 1.5 million viewers. Other projects include a video about The Maitreya Project which is currently translated into 9 languages and the documentary, On the Road Home, about a woman’s spiritual journey and the holy female teachers who teach her along the way. 

Ms. Lundberg’s depth of understanding of Tibetan Buddhism combined with her skilled filmmaking provide a strong foundation for capturing the unique and profound dimensions of this pilgrimage and the benefits of such a holy activity with such a  master as Lama Zopa Rinpoche.




Grammy-nominee Nawang Khechog is an internationally-renowned flutist, and a former Tibetan Buddhist monk. Khechog has performed over a dozen times at Carnegie Hall. His unique background of religious training and musical experience produces a haunting and evocative soundtrack for a spiritually-transformative experience.

Tibetan religious music is an integral component of the Buddhist culture so precious to this devout land. Mystic Tibet contains sections of traditional ceremonial music performed by the monks and nuns participating in the sacred rituals led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and recorded directly in real time. This combination of authentic ritual music along with Nawang Khechog’s unique style deepens and expands the spiritual quality of the viewers’ experience.




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