Through the Eastern Gate

51 mins2007

Through the Eastern Gate follows three young Westerners who embraced the paths of three different eastern spiritual traditions. This intimate and compelling film delves into the worlds of people who could not find fulfillment in their Western traditions and so abandoned them to discover new paths and meaning in their lives.

Sister Yeshe Chodron traveled to northern India to become a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In Turkey, Aziz Abbatiello embraces the Mevlevi practice of Sufism. And Ronela Vainio finds the connection she so deeply yearned for in the study of tantric yoga in India. This heart-opening documentary offers a rare view into the practices of three of the world’s great spiritual traditions.