Director: Mark Elliott
Country: USA
Year: 1985 (Remastered in 2021)

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Originally released in 1985 in 16mm and beautifully remastered in 2021, The Lion’s Roar is an intimate portrait of the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Born in Tibet in 1924 and recognized as a reincarnated Buddhist master, the Karmapa set out to travel the world in 1974. While on tour he spent significant time in North America, commencing the building of a monastery in New York, visiting the Hopi Nation, and teaching countless laypeople. This archival documentary follows the Karmapa on his journey across North America, underscoring the Tibetan master’s timeless impact on the West.

This film will be available until midnight on Friday, June 3, 2022. 

the lion's roar

The late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa | Photo courtesy James Hoagland

the lion's roar

The Karmapa wearing the Black Crown | Photo courtesy James Hoagland

the lion's roar

Photo courtesy James Hoagland

the lion's roar

Photo courtesy James Hoagland