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Searching for the Lotus-Born Master (I)

By Laurence Brahm | | Updated: 2018-11-14 16:07

Editor's note: Laurence Brahm first came to China as a university exchange student from the US in 1981 and has spent much of the past three and a half decades living and working in China. He is a lawyer, an economist and founding chairman of the Himalayan Consensus. He is also an award-winning documentary film director specializing in extreme Himalayan expeditions. His latest film Searching for the Lotus-Born Master (2018) has received a dozen international film festival awards and accolades.

Starting Nov 14, China Daily is publishing behind-the-scenes stories about the documentary every Wednesday, with nine episodes total. Please stay tuned and join this incredible journey.

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Searching for the Lotus-Born Master is a documentary that explores the life of Padmasambhava, the father of Vajrayana or Tibetan Buddhism. It beckons to ask: was he also the father of quantum physics?


Searching for the Lotus-Born Master was filmed over an intensive six-month period by Shambhala Studio. The expedition teams crossed the Himalayan region - five countries and extreme climates covering over 20,000 kilometers. The expedition team followed handprints and footprints he left across the Himalayas, scaled the snow mountains he crossed, discovered the sacred lakes where he performed magic and explored the caves where he practiced tantric meditation. The team sought the wisdom of great lamas, dedicated scholars and scientific innovators, seeking to prove the legend true.


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