"Only through distance can we gain perspective."



William C. Judge


Path to Geshe

“Great horns thunder out from atop the temple echoing through the darkness, vrooom, vrooom, vrooom, then fading gently into the stillness of the night.  A moment’s silence, followed by the sound of feet padding through the narrow streets, the rustling of robes and the low murmur of whispered voices. The rush to the early morning puja in the main temple fades to silence.  Then slowly, in unison, the voices of 2500 monks in prayer rises through the stillness.  Lead by the Omse the chanting goes on and on rising and falling like waves upon the sea. As I lay there in the early morning darkness, wave upon wave washes over me, carrying me to a place far beyond this distant land.”

William Judge

Sera  Monastery  is a colorful place full of life, laughter and of course the Buddha Dharma. The enormous main temple, which can hold several thousand monks, is filled with the beautiful iconic imagery of Tibetan Buddhism.  It seems there is not a square inch that is not elaborately painted.  When lead by the omse, the voices of several thousand monks in prayer in this vast temple is a sound that defies description.  Rising and falling in tempo and intensity it touches you in the deepest part of your soul.

The rebuilding of Sera in South India began in 1970 by a handful of monks who were forced to flee Tibet after the Chinese occupation of 1959.  Now, with well over 5,000 monks, Sera Monastery is a testimonial to the depth of Tibetan spirituality and dedication to keeping the teachings of the Buddha and their cultural alive.

For the western mind, the younger school age monks who seem to be everywhere around the monastery when school is not in session, are difficult to comprehend.  How can such a young boy be a monk? How did he come to be here and why would his parents approve?   “Path to Geshe” answers these and many more questions about their life at Sera.  The dedication of the senior students and teachers to these young boys is inspirational.

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Path to Geshe

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Joseph Patrick Moore
Joseph Patrick Moore wrote and played all of the instruments for Path to Geshe. He brilliantly captured the essence of each moment interweaving his musical vision with the imagery and the sounds of Sera Monastery. Not only is Joseph an extremely talented musician he is also outstanding producer and a wonderful soul.  Please be sure to visit his website http://www.josephpatrickmoore.com as well as Blue Canoe Records

Mandala magazine review July 2011

Path to Geshe

By William C. Judge

Perhaps Path to Geshe‘s greatest strength is that is allows the audience to see and hear the vibrancy of Sera Je Monastic University, one of the three great Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in exile and the source of many of the greatest Tibetan teachers of today – a rare treat for many of us unable to make the long trip to India. Filled with intimate footage, moving stills and a powerful original score by Joseph Patrick Moore, Path to Geshe is an entertaining introduction into the lives of the devoted monks who spends up to 25 years mastering revered Buddhist texts before taking teaching and leadership roles in their communities.

(People with an affinity for social service projects that support Sera Je Monastic University, such as FPMT’s Sera Je Food Fund and The Geshe Tsulga Non-profit Corporation, can certainly make creative use of this documentary to bring this important (but distant!) institution to life for potential supporters. It’s short, educational, and contains beautiful images – highly recommended!)

Michael Joliffe

Mandala Publications