brutally persecuted under the Soviet regime, Buddhism is back in Southern Siberia.
But with a past where lamas were killed in prisons and temples burned to ashes,
there are few masters left to pass on the tradition. Whether or not this faith
survives depends on an incarnate Tibetan lama, scholar and meditational master,
who travels around remote villages to re-awaken Buddhism. Steeped in the landscapes
and mythology and narrated by Rinpoche, this stylistically complex documentary
is both a study of Buddhism in Buryatia (with its clearly shamanistic rituals)
and a map of Buddhist cosmology, weaving together textures and rhythms of everyday
life with meditations on emptiness and space.