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Is Enlightenment a 21st century option? An up-close look at the complex collaboration of Tibetan Buddhism and Western culture.
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    Thank you so much for your support! Every dollar will help to make this film! Your name will be listed on our Facebook page.

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    We will send you a thank you card with the “When the Iron Bird Flies” image signed by the producers and acknowledge your gift on our Facebook page.

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    You will receive a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies” upon its release, July 2012.

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    Download an inspiring audio teaching by an American dharma teacher. Pick one of these titles, courtesy of Sounds True - “Touching Enlightenment” by Reginald Ray, “Cutting through Fear” by Tsultrim Allione and “Getting Unstuck: Breaking your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality” by Pema Chodron. One Download per pledge. Be sure to indicate your selection when you pledge.

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    We will send you a DVD copy of the film PLUS you can download an inspiring audio teaching by an American dharma teacher. Pick one of these titles, courtesy of Sounds True - “Touching Enlightenment” by Reginald Ray, “Cutting through Fear” by Tsultrim Allione and “Getting Unstuck: Breaking your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality” by Pema Chodron. One Download per pledge. DVD will ship in July.

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    We will send you a DVD copy of the film PLUS Ravenna Michalsen’s CD "Bloom" - a series of original devotional songs to Arya Tara, Milarepa, Machik Labdron and other figures in the Buddhist pantheon. One of Ravenna’s songs, Kiki SoSo is featured in our trailer and preview.

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    We will send you a set of beautiful prayer flags from Nepal plus a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies”

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    Receive a film poster for “When the Iron Bird Flies” plus a DVD copy of the movie and a set of beautiful prayer flags.

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    Receive a special limited edition DVD ( with illustrated booklet) of "Blessings,” our previous film about a group of amazing Tibetan nuns living in Eastern Tibet, plus a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies” and a set of beautiful prayer flags.

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    You will receive a personally inscribed copy of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s new book, “Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening the Power of Essence Love” being released in spring 2012, plus a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies” and a special thank you in our film credits. Let us know to whom the inscription should be made. The DVD will ship in July.

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    Receive a copy of Anam Thubten's new book, “The Magic of Awareness”, being released in spring 2012, personally inscribed with a poem! You will also receive a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies” and a special thank you in our film credits. The DVD will ship in July.

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    You will receive personally inscribed copies of BOTH Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Anam Thubten’s new books( being released in spring, 2012) plus a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies”, and a special thank you in our film credits. DVD will ship in July.

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    A weekend program for one person with Anam Thubten (travel and lodging not included), at your choice of one his 2012 scheduled events in the US. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. LIMIT of ONE PER VENUE. PLEASE EMAIL US YOUR SELECTION BEFORE PLEDGING SO WE CAN CONFIRM AVAILABILITY. We will update the list as pledges are received. Here is the list of available venues:
    March 31-April 1 Baton Rouge, LA;
    April 28-29 Jackson Hole, WY;
    May 5-6 Ashland, OR;
    May 12-13 Los Angeles, CA;
    May 18-19 Portland, OR;
    June 9-10 Albuquerque, NM;
    June 23-24 Maui, HI;
    July 7-8 Boston, MA;
    July 21 Princeton, NJ;
    July 22 New York City, NY;
    September 1-2 Big Island, HI;
    September 15-16 Bozeman, MT;
    September 29-30 Washington, DC;
    October 5-6 Seattle, WA;
    November 17-18 Austin, TX.
    Plus receive a personally inscribed copy of his new book - Magic of Awareness. And a special thank you in our film credits.

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    We are pleased to offer a signed limited edition 13X19 fine art print of the Potala Palace by renowned photographer Richard Heckler ( a $400 value), plus a DVD copy of the film to be released in July, plus a set of beautiful prayer flags from Nepal, and a special thank you in our film credits

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    Come to the PREMIERE of the film at BuddhaFest and stay for the whole festival! Receive two 4-Day All Festival Passes to BuddhaFest, in Washington DC where “When the Iron Bird Flies” will be premiering on June 16, 2012. BuddhaFest is an extravaganza of films, speakers, meditation, and music. Now in its third year, this year’s guests include Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Rick Hanson, Congressman Tim Ryan ( author of the upcoming book, “A Mindful Nation”), Krishna Das and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Plus you will receive a copy of the DVD of the film to be released in July and a special thank you in our credits.

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    We are offering a ONE WEEK STAY FOR TWO at Sri Sunari - a delightful 4 room guest house in Ubud, Bali – winner of a Traveller’s Choice Award for 2012! The offer includes incredible breakfasts and is good for one year – until March 17, 2013. Airfare is not included. Blackout dates – June 15 – Sept 5 and December 15-Jan 5. If you are planning a trip to Bali – consider adding this week of unparelled relaxation at Sri Sunari to your journey.

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    You are invited to attend Lama Tsultrim’s Green Tara Retreat, July 27-31 at beautiful Tara Mandala retreat center in Colorado on a full scholarship! Double occupancy accommodations in the lodge and food are included. Travel not included. Plus you will receive a special thank you in our film credits.

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    Receive two 4-Day All Festival Passes to BuddhaFest, in Washington DC where “When the Iron Bird Flies” will be premiering on June 16, 2012, plus lunch with the filmmakers plus a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies”, and a film poster, and a special thank you in our film credits. DVD and poster will be shipped in July.

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    We will send you two 4-Day All Festval Passes to BuddhaFest, PLUS an opportunity to meet with Tsoknyi Rinpoche at the festival and personally receive an inscribed copy of his new book, plus dinner with the filmmakers at the festival, plus a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies” and a film poster, and a special thank you in our film credits. DVD and poster will be shipped in July.

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    For this generous pledge, we will fly to your home town ( in the US only!) and do a special screening of “When the Iron Bird Flies” for your friends and family or community. You will also receive a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies”, a film poster, and a very special thank you in our film credits.

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    For this extraordinarily generous pledge, we will fly to your home town ( in the US only!) and do a special screening of “When the Iron Bird Flies” for your friends and family or community. AND you will receive an associate producer’s credit on the film and the opportunity to provide feedback on the rough cut. You will also receive a DVD copy of “When the Iron Bird Flies”and a film poster ( with your producer credit on it!

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    We will send you two tickets to the premiere of “When the Iron Bird Flies” on June 16th at BuddhaFest in Washington, DC plus a DVD copy of the movie and a film poster (to be shipped in July).

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    Attend a weekend program with Tsoknyi Rinpoche at Garrison Institute, April 6-8 “Living Dharma in a Speedy World ( travel and lodging not included), plus receive a personally inscribed copy of his new book, Open Heart, Open Mind. And a special thank you in our film credits.

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    Enjoy a week long retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “A Dzogchen Approach to an Open Heart and Open Mind”, August 10-16 in Crestone, CO ( travel and accommodations not included), plus a signed copy of his new book and a special thank you in our film credits.

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    Enjoy a week long retreat with Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “A Dzogchen Approach to an Open Heart and Open Mind”, August 10-16 in Crestone, CO plus accommodations ( travel not included), plus a signed copy of his new book and a special thank you in our film credits.

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