Every couple of months, we share with you a personal recommendation from Rinpoche of one of his favorite things—a book, a movie, a piece of music, a coffee shop, a book store, etc.

As we celebrate Rinpoche’s birthday, we inaugurate the series with a favorite movie that he highly recommends.

The Taste of Tea (2004)

A movie by Japanese writer and director Katsuhito Ishii.

The Haruno family makes its way in a small town in rural Japan. Yoshiko (Satomi Tezuka) is an artist and her husband, Nobuo (Tomokazu Miura), is a hypnotherapist. Their son, Hajime (Maya Banno), has fallen in love with a girl at school. His younger sister, Sachiko (Takahiro Sato), is seeing bizarre visions, usually her own gigantic doppelganger following her through town, a specter she’s convinced will go away if only she can pull off a perfect backflip.

The movie has been referred to as a “surreal” version of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander.

“If you have time to kill, watch The Taste of Tea.”