Tukdam: Between Worlds
Fri 08 July / Pálás 1 / 13:30
2022 / Estonia, Finland & Ireland / 91 min / Documentary
In what Tibetan Buddhists call “tukdam”, advanced meditators die in a consciously controlled manner. Though dead according to our biomedical standards, they often stay sitting upright in meditation; remarkably, their bodies remain fresh and lifelike, without signs of decay for days, sometimes weeks after clinical death.
Following ground-breaking scientific research into tukdam, and taking us into intimate death stories of Tibetan meditators, the film juxtaposes scientific and Tibetan perspectives as it tries to unravel the mystery of tukdam.
Followed by Q&A with director Donagh Coleman.
Director: Donagh Coleman
Producers: Martha O’Neill, Kaarle Aho & Pille Rünk