Aakaash Films

Jaap Verhoeven

"I wish film to be a mirror to see and know our self"


Guru in Disgrace

In 2017, eight students of Sogyal Rinpoche wrote him a letter accusing him of physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse of students. The letter soon went viral and startled the Buddhist world. Many Rigpa students canceled their trust and membership. His Buddhist community became divided into supporters and opponents. Sogyal stepped down as a teacher and fled to Thailand, where he passed away in 2019.

Visions of a Teacher

With Khyentse Norbu, Buddhist teacher / filmmaker

Khyentse Norbu, also known as Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is a prominent incarnation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Surprisingly, in the West, he is best known as a film director. In this documentary we see him in Nepal on the set for his latest film, where he effortlessly switches between working with the hip film crew and performing ancient Buddhist rituals.

Like no other, Khyentse Norbu is aware of the challenges facing Buddhism today. How does he see his role as a teacher in this age of demystification of gurus?

VISIONS OF A TEACHER is selected for the Buddhist Film Festival Europe in Amsterdam, 2019. https://www.bffe.eu/ 

The Mountain Yogi

Tibetan Buddhism has many appearances, but the tradition of Milarepa speaks most to the imagination. These are the yogis high up in the Himalayas, who do their meditation for years, under harsh conditions and in total seclusion.

Lama Govida is such a hermit, and we follow him when after twenty years of retreat he leaves his cave to mingle with the people of Kinnaur Valley.

Feeding your Demons

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

The American teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione is one of the main pioneers who brought Tibetan Buddhism to the West. She was recognised as an important reincarnation by the HH the 16th Karmapa, who saw her as an emanation of Machig Labdron, a revered Tibetan lady teacher who lived in the 11th century.

Sitting Still Like A Frog

Mindfulness for kids – with Eline Snel

Himalayan Wisdom

Building a temple in the Himalayas and teaching on the nature of mind in Amsterdam – with Sey Rinpoche