This intriguing documentary – Buddha in Suburbia – follows the extraordinary journey of 40 year old Lelung Rinpoche, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s three principal reincarnations, as he sets out to gather lost teachings and to attempt a return to his homeland.
For seven years prior to filming, Lelung Rinpoche has been living in Ruislip North London, in what is ostensibly a garden shed provided by one of his students. He runs a dharma centre locally, attended by British followers. Now a British passport holder, he embarks on a mission to find previous Lelungs’ teachings, and the teachers who hold the key to unlocking their secrets.
His fascinating journey takes him to India, Mongolia and China as he tries to find a way of getting back home to Tibet. In so doing, he meets some of Tibetan Buddhism’s most senior teachers, including the Tibetan Prime Minister in exile. Lelung Rinpoche has a daunting task to complete on his quest to recover lost teachings before they disappear, and to try to understand more fully the steps required on his own path towards enlightenment.
Lelung is a young, modern lama, with relationships with many across the globe from teenagers in Rusilip to the Dalai Lama. The film includes an interview with Tibetan Buddhist expert Professor Robert Thurman, father of Uma Thurman.