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A Sangha of Cinema
This special online cinematic experience skillfully joins the wisdom, diversity, and art of Buddhism in six carefully selected films. In addition, we’re pleased to include new talks from six leading teachers on a range of engaging topics!

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6 Compelling Films

Don't Know

Directed by Fabio Dondero and Chiaro Somajni

Germany / 2017 / English / 57 min / Documentary

This film offers a unique look at the Korean Zen tradition through the work and life drama of Master Wu Bong, a European teacher in the Kwam Um School of Zen. A key teaching is cultivating an intimate, profound “not knowing” as a crucial state of mind, which opens up the space for one to become fully aware, and therefore fully human. “A big ‘aha!’ one time before death is very important; that’s what Zen is about.” The final objective is to devote oneself to help others.

A Thousand Mothers

Directed by Kim Shelton

Myanmar, USA / 2017 / English / 39 min / Documentary

Filmed on location at a rural Buddhist nunnery in Myanmar by noted cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, A Thousand Mothers is an intimate look at the refuge and opportunity that a monastic life offers girls and women there, even as the nation begins to change.

Tzu Chi: Doing Good in the World

Directed by Babeth VanLoo

Netherlands, Taiwan / 2017 / English, and Taiwanese with English subtitles / 88 min / Documentary

Tzu Chi is a remarkable nonprofit in Taiwan that runs hospitals, schools, recycling services, and emergency humanitarian aid efforts. The blue-jacketed Tzu Chi volunteers may be seen at disaster sites like earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods all over the world. The organization is led by an extraordinary woman, Master Cheng Yen, a Buddhist nun who began single-handedly by reaching out to neighbors to help offer health services where they were lacking in post-war Taiwan. This film introduces us to her and takes us behind the scenes to explore a unique approach to living a compassionate, engaged life.

One Mind

Directed by Edward A. Burger

USA, China / 2016 / Mandarin with English subtitles / 78 min / Documentary

One Mind is a rare cinematic portrait of life inside one of China’s most austere and revered Zen communities. The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery continue to uphold a strict monastic code established over 1,200 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China. In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea, and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires. At the heart of this community, a group of cloistered meditators sit in silence for eight hours every day. Suggesting a Zen version of the critically acclaimed film Into Great Silence, One Mind offers an intimate glimpse into a thriving Buddhist monastery in modern China.

Wandering

Directed by Boonsong Nakphoo

Thailand / 2016 / Thai with English subtitles / 120 min / Drama

Former Thai Buddhist monk Boonsong’s film Wandering was a finalist for consideration as Thailand’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and features a small cast of nonprofessionals. Set in a rural area, the film follows a man, depressed after a tragedy and separated from his wife, as he slowly engages with a forest monk and begins to rebuild a life. Beautifully filmed on location in Thailand by cinematographer Uruphong Raksasat, Wandering is infused with a deep regard for Buddhist teachings, and never loses sight of the humanity and individuality of the search for peace.

Drokpa

Directed by Yan Chun Su

USA / 2017 / Tibetan with English subtitles / 79 min / Documentary

This is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of Tibetan nomads, known as Drokpa, who are on the cusp of irreversible change on the Tibetan plateau. The grasslands there are home to the source of Asia’s major rivers, and nearly half of humanity depends on this water for survival. In recent decades, these once lush areas are rapidly turning into deserts. With rare access to an extended nomadic family, relationships are richly observed, especially those of Tamku, a teenage single mother, Dhongya, a senior nomad and Yithan, a mother of two boys. U.S.-based filmmaker Yan Chun Sun has previously worked with legendary Bay Area filmmaker Les Blank, and has created a compelling experience of another world.

Sharon Salzberg–Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

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Noah Levine–Against the Stream: Buddhism as Rebellion

Ani Choying Drolma and Dawa Tarchin Phillips in Conversation–The Power and Beauty of Awakening in Modern Times

Mushim Patricia Ikeda–Healing the Divide: Diversity, Compassion and Interconnection

Christiane Wolf–Integrity: Respecting and Living in Accordance with Our Core Values

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche–Working with the Emotional Mind: How to Change the World from Within

FILMS:

  • A Thousand Mothers
  • Don't Know
  • Tzu Chi: Doing Good in the World
  • One Mind
  • Wandering
  • Drokpa

TALKS:

  • Sharon Salzberg
  • Noah Levine
  • Ani Choying Drolma and Dawa Tarchin Phillips
  • Mushim Patricia Ikeda
  • Christiane Wolf
  • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
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Sharon Salzberg is a well-known teacher of Insight Meditation and author. She is one of the founders of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of ten books including New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, her seminal work Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.

Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is the founder of the Against the Stream and Dharma Punx communities and the author of Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction.

Ani Choying Drolma is a Nepalese Buddhist nun and internationally-acclaimed singer of traditional and modernized Buddhist chants. Her autobiography Singing for Freedom is an international bestseller and she is Nepal’s first-ever appointed UNICEF ambassador.

Dawa Tarchin Phillips is a modern Buddhist lama, author and senior Western meditation teacher. He is President and CEO of Empowerment Holdings, LLC and Co-founder and the Director of Education of the Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Mushim Patricia is a social activist and Buddhist teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California. She is a diversity and inclusion consultant, and a recent recipient of a Global Diversity Leadership Award from the World HRD Congress.

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD is a physician turned Mindfulness and Buddhist teacher. She is a senior teacher at InsightLA, and the co-author of the book A Clinician’s Guide To Teaching Mindfulness.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a widely celebrated Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism.Rinpoche is founder and president of Nalandabodhi, an international network of Buddhist centers. He is the author of Emotional Rescue, Rebel Buddha, and other books.

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June 12 to July 23, 2017