Written & directed by
Johanna J. Lunn

Executive producer
James H. Hoagland

James H. Hoagland
Johanna J. Lunn

Special thanks & appreciation to:
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Wangmo Chöying Sangmo

Edited by
James H. Hoagland
Ethan Neville

Camera by
Breton Hoagland
James H. Hoagland
Ethan Neville

Sound recording by
James H. Hoagland

Narrated by
Steve Baker

Gratitude and appreciation to:
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche
Damchö Rinpoche
Lady Könchok Palden
Lama Pegyal
Ani Pema Chödrön
John Rockwell
Jeremy Hayward, PhD
Mitchell Levy, MD
Karma Shedrup
Semo Palmo Ripa Goldstein
Alan Goldstein
Bob King
Lindy King

Additional voices by
Janice Evans
James Hoagland

Additional editing by
Rohan Fernando

Video post production services proved by
902 POST

Doug Woods

Assistant online editor
Kevin Riley

Audio post production provided by
The Hideout Studios

Recording mixer
Brian Power, CAS

Dialogue premixer
Brad Armitage

Project management services
Janice Evans

Production assistant
Chelsea Hoagland

Gyurme Dorje
Sangye Khandro
Semo Palmo Ripa Goldstein

Music coordinator
Lennart Krogoll

Additional camera by
Ruth Astor
Baird Bryant
Gary Brown
Jeff Carman
Katy Conner
Mark Elliot
Kevin Hoagland
Andrew Johnson
Rich Lerner
Johanna J. Lunn
Matt Mulder
Una Morera
Dennis Pearson
Jennifer Pund
Richard Reoch
Daniel Sanda
Sandy Sissel
Ludwik Turzanski
Brilliant Unknown
Trudy Walters
Robert Zimmerman

Additional sound recording by
Guido Bryant
Nat Roman
Marvin K. Ross
Tom Tyson

Additional Media From
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:

Being Brave Sangha Retreat
Halifax, NS 2011

Bodhisattva Vows
Rocky Mountain Dharma Center
Red Feather Lakes, CO 1986

Home movies
India 1990

Vajrayogini Abhisheka
Karmê Chöling
Barnet, VT 1990

Sakyong Empowerment
Halifax, NS 1995

Shambhala Day Address
Boulder, CO 2011

Dorje Denma Ling
Tatamagouche, NS 2009
© Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche:
Creating Enlightened Society
Boston, MA 1982

Empowerment of the Ashe Prince
Boulder, CO 1979

Intensive Training Seminar
London, England 1986

Work, Sex & Money
Tail of the Tiger 1971
© Diana J. Mukpo

Ani Pema Chödrön:
Sangha Retreat
Shambhala Mountain Center 2009
© Shambhala

Naropa Family Movie
Directed by Baird Bryant
© Johanna Demetrakas 1974

Japan Trip 1983
Trudy Walters
Courtesy of the Shambhala Archives

Cremation of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Karmê Chöling 1987
© Shambhala

Shambhala Mountain Center 1992
© Shambhala

Shambhala Day Children’s Blessing
Halifax Shambhala Centre 1993
© Shambhala

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya – Progress Report
Shambhala Mountain Center 1998
© Shambhala

Tibet trip 2001 & 2004
© Centre Productions

Realizing Confidence
Directed by Johanna J. Lunn
© Shambhala 2005

What About Me?
Directed by Gesar Mukpo
Produced by Centre Productions
© Sakyong Mipham 2007

Compassionate Leadership Dialogues
Directed by Johanna J. Lunn
© Centre Productions 2008

Archival & stock courtesy of:
Personal collection of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Centre Productions
Clipcanvas Service
Parasol Productions
Shambhala Archives

Photographs by
Jeffrey Bloom
David Brown
Ted Clarke
John Cunningham
Jeanine Greenleaf
Blair Hansen
James Hoagland
Lindy & Bob King
Mary Lang
Mitchell Levy
Liza Matthews
Diane Metzger
Marvin Moore
Dorothée Rosen
Andrea Roth
Terry Rudderham
Christoph Schoenherr
John Sennhauser
John Sherlock
Hudson Shotwell
Terry Tighe
Brilliant Unknown

Photo restorations by
BHH Studios

Tibet support team
Lama Chonam
Maggie Colby
Diana Church
Gyurme Dorje
Khenpo Garwang
Sangye Khandro
Derek Kolleeny
Adam Lobel
Dr. Gregory Rabold
Ted Rose
Peter Seidler
Dr. Aaron Snyder
Christian Thalhammer
Khenpo Tsering
Mark Thorpe
Peter Volz
Klaus-Peter von der Eltz
Lee Weingrad
Vince Whitlock

Thank you!
Queen Noor of Jordan
Rabi Irwin Kula
Mary Campbell
Christie Cashman
King Gesar of Ling
Gordon Kidd
Kevin Hoagland
Sharon Hoagland
Nancy Hunter
Richard John
Robin Johnston
Susanna Janowitz
Kent Martin
Teresa MacInnes
Cynthia Moku
Lady Diana Mukpo
Kent Nason
Shiwa Ökar
Felice Owens
Geoff Parker
Richard Reoch
Liz Richardson
Fernanda Rossi
Emily Sell
John Sell
Joshua Silberstein
Robyn Traill
Brian Transeau
Felix M. von Racknitz
John Walker

And thanks to the many unrecognized people who have contributed to the making of this film.

Original music by
Asif Illyas and additional music by Shehab Illyas

Score produced by Asif Illyas and Shehab Illyas

Recorded and mixed at
‘The Shire’
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Additional music from
Written & performed by Steve Gorn

Published by Nudgie Tunes LLC and Bamboo Rasa
From the compact disc “colors of the Mind”
Courtesy of Dharma Moon

“Step Into the Now”
Composed & Performed by
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Brian Transeau

© Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 2007

“What About Me”
Lyrics by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Music by Matthias Frey
Performed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche,
Robert Nersesov, Nugzar Panzula, Tara Slone
Brad Upton, Vadim Chernishev, Sergei Zakharov

Remix Sound and Silence
© Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 2003

An Uncommon King was shot over 17 years in 12 countries using the following motion picture formats
Super 8mm film
16mm film

EIAJ Type 1 1/2 inch Video
U-matic 3/4 inch Video
VHS 1/2 inch Video
SVHS 1/2 inch Video
Hi8 Video
Betacam 1/2 inch Video
Betacam SP 1/2 inch Video


Accounting services
Patricia D. Dyson, CGA – Green Jain

Legal services
Christine Hirschfeld – Boyne Clarke

Produced with the assistance of
The Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Produced by
Joyful Vajra Productions

Developed in association with
Centre East Productions

An Uncommon King
© Joyful Vajra Production 2012

Any benefit that arises from the viewing of this documentary is dedicated to the welfare of all.