Ganden: A Joyful Land takes a revealing and intimate look at the lives and remembrances of the last remaining generation of Tibetan Buddhist monks to have studied at the renowned Ganden Monastery in Tibet. Ganden is considered the most influential monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, likened by Buddhists to the Vatican City. It is here where the Dalai Lama’s lineage began. For more than 500 years, monks lived in Ganden in simplicity and contentment, before a brutal invasion drove them from their sacred home to start anew in India. Embodying the strength and joy their faith teaches, survivors of the forced exodus tell of their lives in the old and new Ganden, in Ngawang Choephel’s moving film.