Tibet Documentaries

Tibet Documentaries: 10 Stunning Documentaries About Tibet

In this list of documentaries about Tibet: the history of Tibet, the culture, the food, the spirituality, the culture, curiosities and the Dalai Lama.

Intro: Tibet Documentaries

Ah, Tibet. A wonderful region that so many of us have heard of without furthering our awareness. Are you one of those people furthering your knowledge about Tibet? Maybe you are wondering how you can dive into this peaceful region and figure out whether it is everything you have been looking for?

The answer, among other things, is watching Tibet documentaries. There are so many readily available for you to build your knowledge and let go of any ignorance. Thus, we have compiled a list of the best ten Tibet documentaries that are available on YouTube right now. 

So, what are you waiting for? Discover the amazing world of Tibet now! 

1. The History of Tibet Part 1 – Tibet Documentary BBC

Tibet is a land of richness and mystery. However, not all people know about it. This Tibet documentary aims to clear up some of the confusion. This is the first part of the 2-part documentary made by BBC. 

2. The History of Tibet Part 2 – Tibet Documentary BBC

This enlightening second part of the BBC documentary about Tibet explores the amazing world of Tibet, its rich culture and more. 

3. The Forgotten World - Tibet Documentary

This is another one of the documentaries about Tibet, a film produced in conjunction along with the British Film Institute. The short documentary features different footage shot in Tibet before the 1950s with commentary from the Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, and many more other people featured. 

This film showcases a treasure trove of color footage from a time before the Tibetan folks lost their country.

4. Tibet: The Truth

This film was created to lighten the historical, administrative, social, and political realities of Tibet and to clarify the different complicated regional concerns as well that have been overlooked or oversimplified based on the famous Cold War culture instead of the truth. 

This is a 1-hour brief, yet comprehensive film evaluating the evolution of Tibet as a vital part of China starting around 600 AD.

5. Ancient Tibet: The end of Time -  Tibet History Documentary

This Tibet documentary traces what looks like a pilgrimage through modern Tibet, visiting some of the holiest places and holy people connected with the region. The journey must have taken a while, as they visited many different places. Some are way out of the way, such as the 7-day trip to visit the Crystal Lotus Cabe, where Padmasambhava did his practice and other places connected with the great saints of the past.

6. Lhasa: Life inside Tibet's sacred capital - Lhasa Tibet Documentary

In this film, Tianran He travels to the roof of the world to feel the life of the holy city of Lhasa in Tibet. Then, he joins a local family to rejoice in one of the most important events in the Tibetan calendar, which is the Shoton Festival. This is a 30-minute documentary film that will bring you to an exhilarating journey across China.

7. Street Food in Tibet - Ultimate Tibetan Food Tour

Would you like to know more about the street food culture in Tibet? Then this is the documentary you need to watch. “Street Food in Tibet” is a documentary, as the title suggests,” features the diverse street food world in the region. The video highlights the different amazing foods you’ll find in the region and offer you a huge amount of knowledge about Tibetan culture in general.

8. One Wife and Her Three Husbands: How is their Life? The Polyandry Culture in Tibet

Polyandry family is a rare type of marriage, which still exists in the remote regions of Tibet. In old times, Tibetans believed that the family of one wife with more than one husband could collect more wealth. Thus, such a huge family could thrive better in the harsh land. 

This documentary presents you with a regular life of a polyandry family living in a remote village in Sakya County. This video will help you understand every role of a family member and how the family makes a living. 

9. Khampagar Monastery : Bhuddist In Tibet Documentary

Khampagar Monastery is considered the main seat of the Khamtrul Rinpoche incarnation line in Kham, Eastern Tibet. Did you know it was known to be one of the foremost monasteries of the Drukpa Kagyü lineage? 

The Eighth Khamtrul Rinpoche, Dongyü Nyima, reconstructed Khampagar Monastery in Tashi Jong after its destruction in Tibet. The place is home to the popular tokdens, yogis who have acquired high levels of realization.

10. Dalai Lama Biography and Life Story - Dalai Lama Documentary

This Dalai Lama documentary is a must-watch. Dalai Lama is the title given by the Tibetan folks to the spiritual leader of the Yellow Hat school of Tibetan Buddhism—the newest of the classical schools. The current and 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, living as a refugee in India.

Tibet Documentaries: Conclusions

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