When The Iron Bird Flies

Now Available on DVD!

“An inspiring testament…When the Iron Bird Flies paints a compelling portrait of modern Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet.”
“This glorious documentary…is an invaluable resource to newcomers and seasoned devotees of Tibetan Buddhism.”
-Spirituality and Practice

Includes 90 Minutes of Extras with Buddhist Teachers,
Yogis and Thinkers Including:

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa • Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche
Richard Gere • Mingyur Rinpoche • Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Lama Tsultrim Allione • Tsoknyi Rinpoche • Anam Thubten ... and many more



In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner of the earth.

When the Iron Bird Flies takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world's great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. Along the way, the film tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism.

Through candid interviews with contemporary teachers and practitioners, rare archival footage, and striking images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha’s core teachings, the film creates a vivid and entertaining portrait of the world of Tibetan Buddhism, as it is manifesting in America and the West.