The Blue Buddha in Russia

200647 mins

Tuvan Dorzhi Radnayevich is a doctor of Tibetan medicine in southern Siberia. There were no young Tibetan physicians when he first started his practice and through his lengthy career, he has been hounded by the KGB and forbidden to leave the country. At last, the time has come that Tuvan Dorzhi can now work freely in Russia. Tuvan Lama, as he is also known, has been determined to revive Tibetan medicine in Buryatia.

This documentary is an illuminating look at one of Tibetan medicine’s most devoted practitioners. We follow Tuvan Lama as he makes house calls, receives visitors to his clinic, presides at a funeral, teaches at-risk youth the medicinal properties of plants, treks across the steppes in search of licorice root, and visits the Atsagatsky monastery where he hopes one day to open a medical center.