Documentary film about the largest Buddhist ritual Kalachakra to promote peace and tolerance, held by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya, India and Graz, Austria in 2002. Including exclusive interviews with the Dalai Lama, access to secret rituals as well as footage of a pilgrimage to the Holy Mount Kailash in Tibet.
Wheel of Time means Kalachakra in Sanskrit. The Kalachakra-initiation comprises of a series of ten days in which teachings are given, and a sand-mandala is made by monks with great precision and concentration. The last three days consist of an initiation, enabling true practicioners to practice the daily Kalachakra-sadhana, which helps them to develop qualities of peace and tolerance. Thus one becomes more capable to benefit the well being of everything which exists.
At the very end of the ten days the sand-mandala – representing a kind of inner landscape of everything (from the whole Universe to every living being) – is destroyed and the sand is thrown into the flowing water of a nearby river, symbolising the impermanent quality of everything.
In a time in which war on Irak seems to be unavoidable, rituals like the Kalachakra contribute in counterbalancing the negative influences from war and destruction.
Written, directed and narrated by: Werner Herzog
With: a special appearance of His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama
Commissioning editor: Babeth M. VanLoo
Camera: Peter Zeitlinger
Sound: Eric Spitzer
Editor: Joe Bini
Soundmix: Martin Schinz
Stills: Lena Herzog and Silvia Zeitlinger
Producer: Lucki Stipetic
Executive producer: Andre Singer
Production manager: Irma Strehle
With thanks to: Ven. Geshe Tenzin Dhargye, Monks from Namgyal Monastery, Chungdak D. Koren, Dr. Manfred Klell, Madhurita Negi Anand, Lama Lhundup Woeser, Takna Jigme Sangpo, Matthieu Ricard, Thupten Tsering Mukhimsar
Production: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion and
West Park Pictures Production for BBC and ARTE