• Short Summary

    THE CELEBRATIONS OF THE BUDDHIST ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR (MAY 22ND) ASSUME SPECIAL SIGNIFICIANCE IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE HAPPENINGS IN BUDDHIST TIBET EARLIER THIS YEAR.

  • Description

    1.
    EXTERIOR OF TEMPLE.


    2.
    L.S. -DO-


    3.
    DO


    4.
    PEOPLE PRAYING & OFFERING GIFTS


    5.
    DRUMMERS


    6.
    INTERIOR OF TEMPLE - CHILDREN TO BUDDHA


    7.
    C.U. BUDDHA


    8.
    EXTERIOR OF TEMPLE


    9.
    MURAL C.U.


    10.
    CHILDREN POURING OIL IN LAMPS


    11.
    TABLEAU DEPICTING ASPECTS OF BUDDHA'S LIFE.


    12.
    DEVOTEE RINGING BELL.


    13.
    M.S. BELL


    14.
    HOLY RICE BEING PASSED TO DEVOTEES


    15.
    BUDDHISTS FLAG


    16.
    C.U. RICE BEING PASSED TO DEVOTEES - MONK BLESSES


    17.
    WOMEN PRAYING INSIDE TEMPLE


    18.
    NIGHTS SHOTS - REVOLVING LANTERN, HARBOUR DECORATIONS & TEMPLE DOORWAY



    DALAI LAMA


    19.
    TIBETANS ARRIVING FOR PRAYERS


    20.
    C.U. -DO-


    21.
    TIBETAN WOMEN C.U.


    22.
    DALAI LAMA COMING OUT OF BIRLA HOUSE.


    23.
    DEVOTEES SQUATING - CHILDREN.


    24.
    C.U. DALAI LAMA.


    25.
    TIBETAN MONKS SQUATING ON THE PRAYER GROUND


    26.
    DALAI LAMA WITH FOLDED HANDS.


    27.
    TIBETAN MONKS WITH FOLDED HANDS.


    28.
    DALAI LAMA SPEAKING


    29.
    CHILDREN WITH FOLDED HANDS


    30.
    CROWD.


    31.
    OLD MAN WALKING UP TO DALAI LAMA (82 year old)


    32.
    DALAI LAMA


    33.
    MONKS DISTRIBUTING RICE.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE CELEBRATIONS OF THE BUDDHIST ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR (MAY 22ND) ASSUME SPECIAL SIGNIFICIANCE IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE HAPPENINGS IN BUDDHIST TIBET EARLIER THIS YEAR.

    IN INDIA, THE BIRTHPLACE OF BUDDHA, BUDDHISTS THIS YEAR HAD THE UNUSUAL PRIVILEGE OF HAVING THE DALAI LAMA, THE SPIRITUAL AND TEMPORAL LEADER OF THE TIBETANS, AMONG THEM AS A "REFUGEE". NO WONDER, THEREFORE, THAT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING MANY MON-BUDDHISTS, FLOCKED TO MUSSOORYE IN NORTH INDIA WHERE THE DALAI LAMA IS RESIDING AS A VIP GUEST OF THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT.

    THE BUDDHIST ANNIVERSARY IS THE DAY WHEN BUDDHA WAS BORN, ATTAINED ENLIGHTENMENT AND DIED.

    AS THE PRAYERS AT BIRLA HOUSE IN MUSSOORIE (WHERE THE DALAI LAMA STAYS), PEOPLE SAT WITH FOLDED HANDS AND JOINED THE PRAYERS IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR RELIGION. MANY OF THEM HAD WALKED MILES TO SEE THE DALAI LAMA WHOSE EPIC ESCAPE FROM THE OCCUPYING CHINESE COMMUNIST ARMY HAD CAUGHT THE IMAGINATION OF THE NON-COMMUNIST WORLD.

    THE DEVOTEES AND EVEN CHILDREN INSTINCTLY FOLDED THEIR HANDS AND OFFERED PRAYERS AS THE DALAI LAMA EMERGED FROM HIS HOUSE TO LEAD THE PRAYERS.

    THE DALAI LAMA GENIALLY WAVED TO THE CROWD SALUTED WITH FOLDED HANDS AND SMILED AT THE NUMEROUS PRESS AND CAMERAMEN WHO HAD COME TO THE MEETING - THE MOST FITTING ANSWER TO CHINESE COMMUNIST CHARGES THAT HE WAS HELD IN INDIA "UNDER DURESS".

    IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE CROWD, THE DALAI LAMA STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY AND WAY OF LIFE. THE SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE WHICH PERVADED BUDDHA'S LIFE AND TEACHINGS AND THE PURIFYING SPIRIT OF THE BUDDHIST MESSAGE OF PEACE.

    THEN HE INITIATED THE PRAYERS. WITH HALF-CLOSED EYES HE SANG HYMNS WHICH WERE REPEATED IN CHORUS BY HIS ENTOURAGE AND THE AUDIENCE AT THE PRAYER MEETING.

    AS THE PRAYERS WERE CLOSING, AN OLD MAN BROKE THE TIGHT SECURITY CORDON TO WALK UP TO THE DALAI LAMA. LIMPING AND TIRED FROM A LONG TREK - HE WALKED 22 MILES JUST TO HAVE A "DARSHAN" (HOLY VIEW) OF THE DALAI LAMA - HE OFFERED THE YOUNG GOD KING A ROSE FLOWER AS A MARK OF DEEP RESPECT AND AFFECTION. THE DALAI LAMA HAD A KIND WORD FOR THE OLD MAN. BOTH APPARENTLY TALKED IN LANGUAGES THAT THE OTHER DID NOT UNDERSTAND BUT LANGUAGE WAS NO BARRIER TO DEEP SENTIMENTS AND FEELINGS.

    PRAYERS OVER, THE DALAI LAMA'S MINISTERS DISTRIBUTED HOLY RICE TO THE MANY DEVOTEES ASSEMBLED THERE. THE HOLY RICE IS USUALLY APPLIED TO THE HEAD AND PRESSED GENTLY AGAINST THE EYES - THEY ARE BELIEVED TO CARRY GOD'S BLESSINGS TO THE DEVOTES. ..... IN NEIGHBOURING CEYLON. THE WESAK DAY (AS IT IS CALLED THERE) IS CELEBRATED MORE EXTENSIVELY THAN IN INDIA. SIX MILLION OUT OF CEYLON'S POPULATION OF NINE MILLION, ARE BUDDHISTS.

    COLOMBO WAS BEAUTIFULLY ILLUMINATED WITH MULTI-COLOURED LANTERNS AND SCENES DEPICTING VARIOUS PHASES OF BUDDHA'S LIFE.

    THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, MOSTLY OLD MEN AND WOMEN, THRONGED TO THE TEMPLES BRINGING WITH THEM FRUITS AND FLOWERS AS OFFERING. THE DEVOTEES RECEIVE HOLY RICE FROM THE TEMPLES. WHICH THEY BELIEVE, BRING THEM GOOD LUCK AND PROSPERITY.

    CEYLON WAS FACING A MINISTERIAL CRISIS DURING THE BUDDHIST CELEBRATIONS, AND PRIME MINISTER SOLOMON BANDARANAIKE APPEALED TO THE COUNTRY TO FOLLOW THE NOBLE EXAMPLE OF BUDDHA AND TO DERIVE STRENGTH AND FORTITUDE FROM THE SHINING EXAMPLE OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC61KT6F3MJT0Q8N0XFQ5O901N
    Media URN:
    VLVAC61KT6F3MJT0Q8N0XFQ5O901N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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