2014 Berkeley Video & Film Festival

Prayers of the Ancient Ones has been selected to screen at the 2014 Berkeley Video & Film Festival, which runs from October 30 to November 7th! Please join us for the November 2nd screening of our film in Downtown Berkeley.

Date and Time: Sunday, November 2nd at 2:30 pm
Tickets: $10 General, $5 Students & Seniors
Location: 1939 Addison Street, located in the Downtown Berkeley Arts District
General info: Please see the Screening Schedule on East Bay Media Center’s website or call them directly at 510.843.3699 if you have any questions


The Campaign


Dear friends,

Over the past few years Guna Foundation has produced two successful documentary films: Light of the Valley and Prayers of the Ancient Ones. Now we’re getting ready to tackle a challenge greater than anything we’ve tried before.

We have begun a new film, The Great Transmission, using 3D animation and state-of-the-art visual effects coupled with an epic storyline. It is a venturesome project for our small but determined team. Yet the story is compelling and important. Few in the West know the story of how Buddhist wisdom spread through Asia, transforming the warlike Tibetan Empire into a land devoted to Buddhist principles. We are uniquely qualified to share a portion of the profound history of these selfless practitioners transmitting knowledge from one generation to another over the past centuries.

We have accepted the challenge of creating an epic film. We would like to ask you to help to fund our filming costs. We have hired a first class professional cinematographer to film on location in India and Nepal, capturing the beauty and mystique of their sacred places and interviewing numerous lamas, monks and nuns.

The estimated cost for filming is $50,000. We begin filming in a few weeks and our deadline for raising funds is October 1, 2014.

Our release date is July, 2015—donate, and we’ll save you a seat at our premiere. 

We’d like to count you in—please join us in creating an amazing movie.

Barry J. Schieber & Pema Gellek


View the Preview & Making Of

See our preview created by animation and FX, along with a short interview segment about the making of. View here


Production Notes

A blog about the making of The Great Transmission, with daily updates until our October 1st deadline! Visit blog


Help us make the film

We are funded through the generosity of individuals. You can make a tax-deductible donation online or by mail. Make checks out to ‘Guna Foundation’ and send to 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Amsterdam, Cologne & Florence Screenings of Prayers of the Ancient Ones

Prayers of the Ancient Ones will screen in Amsterdam, Cologne and Florence in February 2014. 


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Address: Reguliersgracht 25 – 1017LJ Amsterdam
020 6205207 – nyingmacentrum@nyingma.nl
SATURDAY, February 8
TIME 16.30 hrs


Cologne, Germany

Sunday, February 9, 5PM

Café ÖM

Siebachstraße 66
50733 Köln-Nippes
phone 0221-922 92380


Florence, Italy


Address: Piazza Strozzi, Firenze, Italy

tel. 055 214068   segr,055 295051

MONDAY, February 17

TIME 21,00

Huffington Post Review of Prayers of the Ancient Ones


Read the review on Huffington Post


Towards An Architecture of Peace

by Augusta Thomson


“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” – Robert F. Kennedy

The line outside the Oxford Union extends the length of the street. We wait to hear the current President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai’s, address. The line is too long; while students at the front make it inside to catch his speech, most have to imagine what is being said from the exterior of a brick wall periphery. Continue reading