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Film Screening of "Wandering . . . But Not Lost" and Discussion with Director Paul MacGowan

Wednesday September 29th 2021, 6:00 - 8:30PM
Event Sponsor
The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
Virtual via Webinar
Film Screening of "Wandering . . . But Not Lost" and Discussion with Director Paul MacGowan


6:00 p.m. Film screening followed by discussion with director Paul MacGowan 

    1 hr 29 min | 2020 

Registration Required. Webinar link will be sent after registration. 

Film Synopsis:

Under the cover of darkness and with no word of his plans, much-beloved Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche walked away from his life on the international stage to live that of a wandering yogi. Unheard of among eminent teachers today, such a practice is filled with hardships. For Mingyur Rinpoche, these challenges—begging, finding food and shelter, illness, and all the related risks of wandering incognito from place to place with the barest of possessions—present fertile ground for deepening insight into the true nature of the mind.

Wandering . . . But Not Lost is an intimate account of Mingyur Rinpoche's four-and-a-half-year retreat interspersed with Rinpoche’s own guidance in applying Buddhist wisdom to our daily modern lives. It will touch and inspire audiences everywhere.


Paul MacGowan’s interest in meditation and Buddhism started as a teenager in the 1970s. He met Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in 2010 and was inspired by him to produce the film A Joyful Mind (2016), which gives an overview of Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings on meditation. When Mingyur Rinpoche returned from his four-and-a-half-year wandering retreat in 2015, he told wonderful and inspiring stories that became the basis of the film Wandering . . . But Not Lost. Since its release in 2020, the film has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary and Best Biography Film.



Watch the film trailer!