Program Details

Third Friday Movie and a Meal - An Uncommon King


November 15 / 6:00 PM - November 15 / 9:00 PM

Our movie for November is:


An Uncommon King


(On the Occasion of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's Birthday!)


There are different kinds of rulers in this world: those who exert their power over others to control them and those who teach others to rule their own lives. An Uncommon King tells the life story of a young Tibetan (Mipham Rinpoche) as he attempts to overcome language, cultural and personal obstacles to take over from his wild pioneering father (Trungpa Rinpoche).


He is an “Earth Protector,” part of a lineage of spiritual kings. When greed and aggression tip the balance of nature and society, he is called upon to continue his father’s work to transmit the antidote – teachings on how to bring about a good human society.


An Uncommon King was shot over 17 years in Tibet, India, China, Europe and North America. Through verite footage, interviews and archival material the documentary follows Rinpoche’s life story from his father’s escape over the mountaintops of Tibet, to his birth in a refugee camp in India, to growing up in Colorado, to moving to Nova Scotia and finally, to taking up the mantle after his father’s death and teaching around the world. It embraces the universal themes of family, heritage and cultural survival. But above all, it is a story about human goodness.


We are happy to present our Movie and a Meal community evenings at the Sonoma Shambhala Center. It is a regular event falling on the third Friday of each month. 


Before each movie, we provide a simple meal for the community to share in.  Our meal generally consists of a crockpot of vegetarian soup and a yummy whole grain bread, along with wine and non-alcoholic beverages.


We gather at 6:00 for the meal; the movie usually begins around 6:45 to 7:00.


Popcorn, tea and soda will be served during the movie.


 This evening, we'll also celebrate the Sakyong's birthday after the movie with some cake and toast to his health and longevity.  Please just us!!


A suggested donation of $5-$10 is requested to cover the cost of the movie royalty fees and refreshments.


Bring your friends and family!

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