His Cup Runneth

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His Cup Runneth Over An Interview with Director Khyentse Norbu By Jeffrey Wachs Khyentse Norbu Writer/director Khyentse Norbu's first feature film, The Cup, is noteworthy for several reasons. Beyond its delightfully offbeat premise of World Cup soccer fever infiltrating a Buddhist monastery, it is the first film ever produced in the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan. Perhaps most intriguing is that Norbu himself is the first Buddhist lama to make a film. Enthroned at the age of seven as the third reincarnation of the 19th-century Buddhist saint and reformer Khyentse Wangpo, Norbu is known in Buddhist circles as H.E. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. A revered lama who has founded numerous monasteries, colleges, and institutes around the world, Norbu has dedicated his life to upholding and disseminating the philosophies of Buddhism in a nonsectarian way (in accordance with the teachings of the Remay tradition). It is perhaps strange that such an esteemed religious figure should take up feature filmmaking, but Norbu sees no conflict between his spiritual responsibilities and his cinematic aspirations, conceiving the latter as a perfect language to express the dharma (or principles of Buddhist wisdom). With The Cup, Norbu brings audiences into the day- to-day reality of a Buddhist monastery, a world that heretofore may have seemed exotic, remote, and mysterious. Using a cast comprised of members of the same monastery at which the events depicted actually took place, Norbu's film brings the distant culture into a focus that makes it accessible, just as Norbu proved to be during our interview. Q: You were enthroned as a lama at the age of seven. Do you remember seeing your first film? How did that lead to your own desire to make a movie? Khyentse Norbu: The first movie I have ever seen, I don't remember very clearly, but definitely it was an Indian film. I think it was in a train station when I was waiting for a train — there was this monitor that broadcast really strange Indian dancing films. And anyway, I watched a lot of films, although I had no intention of making a film. I watched films from Hollywood, like James Bond — all sorts of films. Q: You had access to those films in your studies?
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