Film screening of "Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo - The Great Mother" with introduction by Rosemary Rawcliffe (director and producer)

Rosemary Rawcliffe, Director and Producer

Gyalyum Chemo: The Great Mother is the first of a trilogy of films about Women of Tibet and recounts the compelling life story of Dekyi Tsering, the mother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan people call her “Gyalyum Chemo” or “Great Mother.” During the course of her long and extraordinary life, she gave birth to sixteen children, seven who survived, three of whom were recognized as incarnate lamas, and one who has been recognized by millions around the globe as one of the world’s leading ambassadors for peace.  Dekyi Tsering’s story embodies the generosity and wisdom of the “Great Mother” archetype in action. By following the journey of her life and times, we can see the gifts that mothers can and do give when there is nothing left to give; how a mother’s love survives regardless of loss; and how simple gestures of encouragement and support can profoundly impact the course of one’s life.  These are qualities of motherhood that helped to inspire the strength to preserve culture, family and tradition while in exile.

Thursday, December 06, 2012 | 7:30 pm — 9:00 pm
Building 200 - Room 002 (Basement), 450 Serra Mall Stanford University

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford