Filmmaker John Bush travels through the luminous Buddhist cultures of Southeast Asia & Tibet and with an artist's point of view shares the truth, beauty and spiritual power of these legendary places.
"John Bush's work is eye-opening and essential if you have an interest in Eastern spirituality."-Ty Burr, Film Critic, Boston Globe
Yatra is the Sanskrit word for pilgrimage or spiritual journey. These visually stunning documentaries are cinematic pilgrimages to legendary places in Southeast Asia and Tibet, including the spiritual wonders of Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bali, Cambodia, Java, and Central Tibet. Journey into the living traditions and lost civilizations of this vibrant part of the world and explore the universal ideals of wisdom, compassion, and inner peace at the very heart of these ancient Buddhist cultures.
The living presence of place is the primary focus of these three lyrical films which are meditations themselves. Their deliberate pacing, unobtrusive narration, indigenous music, and harmonic chants are designed to induce an inner journey while traveling to these legendary places. Viewers are invited to relax and let the experience wash over them, making the trilogy part of their own journey.
"Yatra Trilogy offers up the mesmerizing beauty and ineffable power
of places most of us will never see."
-Mary Talbot, Tricycle, The Buddhist Review
John Bush is a filmmaker and photographer who has lived and traveled in Asia for more than three decades, sharing its sacred sites, culture and images in his work. His films and images are in museums and private collections around the world.