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Exploring Consciousness

Thought-provoking films featuring humanity's spiritual search, from ancient wisdom traditions to the latest interfaith dialogues and scientific investigations. Since 1996.


The Dalai Lama's Mother

Gyalyum Chemo - The Great Mother


archival records and contemporary comments
A film by Rosemary Rawcliffe, Frame of Mind Films, 2009

at the Simon's Town museum
Thursday 13 October at 11am

In conjunction with ROKPA "Circle of Nourishment"
helping mothers and new-borns at Mowbray Maternity Hospital
Please visit ROKPA website.
(Please donate a baby blanket or clothes for 0-3 month if you can - bring to museum).

Ticket: R30 at the museum - on the day


Women of Tibet - The Great Mother

The Great Mother recounts the compelling life story of Dekyi Tsering, the mother of one of the world's leading ambassadors for peace, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. During the course of her extraordinary life, Dekyi Tsering, known by Tibetans as 'Gyalyum Chemo' or 'Great Mother,' gave birth to 16 children, only seven survived, three of whom were recognised as incarnate lamas.

The film weaves together a rich life history of anecdotal threads and personal reflections from Dekyi Tsering's children, grandchildren and friends who share the details of her long and full life. With never before seen photographs from their family collections and rare footage of Tibet, our film offers a rare glimpse into Tibet's first family and the woman who inspired them.

His Holiness talks about how his mother helped shape the man he is today and the relationship between healthy family and healthy humanity, and how it all begins with a mother’s love.

Dr. Marion Woodman (Addiction to Perfection), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), and Angeles Arrien (The Second Half of Life) link this uniquely Tibetan story to a much broader perspective of how Mother and the Great Mother archetype touches all our lives.