Movie: The Oracle by David Cherniak


My friend Linda Merle recommended this short movie The Oracles: Reflections on the Self by David Cherniak in which he explores the nature and role of oracles in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his Holiness’ brother (Tenzin Choegyal), the Nechung oracle, and many others. Includes rare video footage of the oracles in trance including Khadro la, and a discussion about Dorje Shugden.

The film maker questions Western scientific conceptions of self and consciousness in light of the oracles’ ability to possess their mediums. The movie is beautifully filmed in Dharmasala and includes many shots in His Holiness’s residence.

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