Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Festival

Our Biggest Online Festival Yet
An Extraordinary Package of Films, Talks, Music & More

The live BuddhaFest was held May 31 - June 2 in Los Angeles

24 hours/day Until September 1


Your Online Pass Includes:

  • 8 BuddhaFest 2019 Wisdom Talks with Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara and Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
  • BuddhaFest 2019 Opening Night Event - Living a Life that Matters: A Tribute to Zen Master Bernie Glassman
  • BuddhaFest 2019 Musical Performance with Drukmo Gyal Dakini of Tibet
  • 5 New Buddhist Films

PLUS Bonuses from Last Year's BuddhaFest:

  • 6 Wisdom Talks with Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, Lama Surya Das, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Sharon Salzberg, JoAnna Hardy and Trudy Goodman
  • An Incredible Live Performance of The Tibetan Book of the Dead
  • Plus a Bonus Film from Actor Michael O’Keefe 

Watch Everything AT YOUR CONVENIENCE 24 hrs/day
Until September 1

2019 Opening Night Tribute


Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center
Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Abbot of Zen Center of Los Angeles
Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Abbot of Village Zendo of New York City
Roshi Fleet Maull, Founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute
Peter Cunningham, Photographer and Zen Peacemaker
Moshe Cohen, Founder of Clowns Without Borders - USA
Rami Efal, Executive Director of Zen Peacemakers International

Living A Life That Matters: 

A Tribute to Zen Master Bernie Glassman

This influential Buddhist teacher was a pioneer of Zen in the West, and he blended his spiritual practice with a passion for social activism. Bernie was one of the most creative forces in Western Buddhism, creating new paths, practices, and organizations to serve the people who fall between the cracks of society. He was a leader in the Socially Engaged Buddhism movement, and founder of Zen Peacemakers International. 

2019 Wisdom Talks, Meditation & Conversation

Buddha: Great Physician & Mind Scientist for Trying Times

Featuring Robert A.F. Thurman

One of the Buddha’s insights into reality was its blissful, interconnected nature. Robert Thurman re-introduces the historical Buddha as the social revolutionary and founder of scientifically-based, world-transforming institutions that his contemporaries saw him as.

The Power of Integrity in Our Burning World

Featuring Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan explores integrity, an essential theme of our time. She also talks in depth about what happens when integrity is compromised. She says this can cause us to experience various forms of moral suffering, including moral distress, moral injury, moral outrage and moral apathy. She shows us how we can transform that moral suffering into moral resilience.

Everything Hangs on Intention: How to Align Your Intentions with Your Real Values

Featuring Sylvia Boorstein

The Buddha instructed his son, Rahula to''reflect before, during, and after every action on whether your motivation is the desire to end suffering for yourself and all beings.''

This implies that either your intention is so solidly grounded in your understanding of dukkha, inherent suffering in life, that you cannot misstep without your moral compass sounding an alarm or else you act very, very slowly.

The World Could be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

Featuring Norman Fischer

The world is awash with “wicked” problems embedded in our social and economic structures and not easily solved. From sexism and racism to income inequality to climate change, there has never been a greater need for bodhisattvas imaginative and compassionate people with energy and a long view.

In this interactive talk, Norman discusses his new book, The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path, which outlines a path of love and inspiration for the present and the future.

Inner Wealth: How to Cultivate Your Mind To Overcome Spiritual Poverty

Featuring Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Three great secrets form the basis of effective dharma practice aimed at awakening. The Buddha taught these to show that poverty and toil, which fuel our human struggle for stability and freedom, can be overcome through the cultivation of inner wealth. It is this inner wealth that’s the doorway to peace, happiness and prosperity in our spiritual lives.

Meditation as Medicine: How Tibetan Doctors Use Holistic Practices to Heal

Featuring Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, both a traditionally trained Tibetan medical doctor as well as Buddhist yogic practitioner explains the deep connection between medicine and spirituality and shares simple and practical methods for balancing and transforming body, energy, and mind. Tibetan Medicine, or Sowa Rigpa in Tibetan, meaning the ‘Science of Healing’ is one of the oldest healing sciences in existence. It supports the cultivation of a happy mind along with a healthy body.

How Radical Compassion Will Change Your Life

Featuring Sharon Salzberg and Robert A.F. Thurman

Although frequently denigrated in our culture as simplistic and weak, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is quoted saying, “compassion is the radicalism of our time.” Sharon and Bob explore radical compassion as a form of personal agency from which we can engage critical wisdom and mindfulness in the most of challenging times of our lives.

Learn practical tools to shift out of the adversarial mentality of "us" and "them.” Expand your circle of connection to include those outside your comfort zone. Skillfully navigate the burnout of the smartphone era for greater balance and self-care.

What the Buddha Taught: Healing the Social And Political Suffering We're Experiencing Today

Featuring Roshi Pat O'Hara and Roshi Joan Halifax

Many of us have been affected by negativity and conflict in our society, whether through the news, social media, or interactions with friends and family. What can each of us do in our own lives to reduce the suffering this causes us? How can we interact with others in ways that minimize harm? What can we do as a society to address these concerns?

Roshi Joan Halifax and Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara discuss this timely subject and point us towards solutions.

2019 Musical Performance

Tibetan Healing Mantras: A Musical Performance 

Featuring Drukmo Gyal Dakini

Drukmo Gyal Dakini brings to you a selection of mantras from the Buddhist and medical traditions of her homeland Tibet, combined with her pure voice and soaring melodies that guide the listener into a state of deep awareness and connection. Mantra healing is the practice of using sound and vibration as a healing medium. It is a powerful method for opening the heart, energy channels, and mind.

5 New Buddhist Films

The Odd Monk

Directed by Jesco Puluj, Germany, 83min., English

The Odd Monk is a personal journey through modern day Buddhism. German filmmaker Jesco Puluj travels around the world, meeting a variety of monks and nuns, to answer the questions: What is the essence of Buddhism? And should he become a Buddhist himself?

This is a special sneak preview presentation.



Directed by Kazuhiro Soda, Japan, 75min., Japanese with English subtitles

In Okayama City, Japan, Toshio Kashiwagi runs an
affordable taxi service for elderly and disabled neighbors, and attends to the cats in his yard. His wife Hiroko is a caregiver, and 91 year-old Shiro Hashimoto, a WWII veteran, is a client. Compassion and patience are practices that cross all barriers, even between species.



Directed by Guka Omarova, Russia, 60min., Russian and Mongolian with English subtitles

The Buryats are a Mongolian-speaking Buddhist people who live in Siberia, Russia. This film is a portrait of Dashi Namdakov, an extraordinary Buryati artist whose works have been shown around the world. Beautifully filmed on location in Siberia and Europe, Darkhan explores a creative spirit completely in synch with his roots and the international art world.


Mountain Yogi

Directed by Jaap VerhoevenThe Netherlands, 58min., Tibetan and Hindi with English subtitles

The tradition of Milarepa in Tibetan Buddhism speaks to the imagination. There are still yogis high up in the Himalayas who do their meditation for years, under harsh conditions and in total seclusion. Lama Govinda is such a hermit, and the film follows him when after twenty years of retreat he leaves his cave to mingle with the people. Lama Govinda sings through thevast landscape when he returns to his mountain hut for his next retreat. Once there, he talks about how he survives the winters and about his inspiration to follow this difficult path. A beautiful documentary about a vanishing tradition.


Carving the Divine

Directed by Yujiro Seto, Japan, 54min., Japanese with English subtitles

The art of Būshi, Buddhist statue carving, is one of the most significant cultural legacies of Japan. Yet this tradition is virtually unknown outside of Japan. The film offers an authentic story of būshi from a Japanese perspective, and the whole process of this over one thousand-year-old Buddhist tradition is intimately documented. We also get a rare close look at the Shingon Buddhist wood-burning ceremony known as Goma.

***Please note: The film CARVING THE DIVINE will only be available until August 25. You can watch all other content until September 1.



Raising the Ashes

Directed by Michael O'Keefe,  Germany, 72 min, English

Actor Michael O'Keefe directed this documentary about a five-day interfaith retreat at Auschwitz. Teacher and activist Roshi Bernie Glassman brought together 150 people from different religions, including a few descendants of both camp survivors and Nazis, for a "healing experience". The film is a searching critique of militarism and hatred. It holds out the possibility of healing to all societies scarred by violence and prejudice as well as showing the role of meditation in allowing harmony to emerge after conflict.

2018 Opening Night Concert

An Incredible Concert Performance of The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Featuring acclaimed Tibetan singer-songwriter Tenzin Choegyal with narration by Lama Surya Das, accompanied by musicians performing with singing bowls, gongs and a cello.

Tenzin Choegyal’s international award-winning music has been described as “beautifully evocative,” “healing,” “mesmerizing,” “spine-tingling,” and “transcendent.”

His music reflects his nomadic roots and his love for his homeland, Tibet. His cantering rhythms, soaring vocals and exquisite flute solos have enchanted audiences around the globe.

2018 Wisdom Talks, Meditation & Conversation

A Conversation with Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass and Trudy Goodman

Three Western spiritual leaders have an inspiring conversation about the power of love and acceptance.

Equanimity in Challenging Times

Featuring Sharon Salzberg

Equanimity can be described as balance: a spacious stillness that allows us to accept things as they are. The power of this balance is that it allows us to avoid both apathy and indifference on the one hand, and acute reactivity on the other. Sharon Salzberg offers practical and empowering tools to develop equanimity when it is most needed. Learn how to cultivate clarity and compassion through different mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation techniques.

Heart Chanting and the Wisdom Mantra

Featuring Lama Surya Das

The American Lama will share his insights and guidance in meditation practice, chanting and prayer, self-inquiry and what he calls “The Art and Practice of Presencing and Nowness-awareness”. As Tibetan Dzogchen texts say: “Nowness-awareness is the true, un-fabricated Buddha within; one moment of total awareness is one moment of freedom and enlightenment. We are all Buddhas in essence; we only have to recognize our true nature.”

Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict

Featuring Lama Tsultrim Allione

Inspired by the ancient practice of Chöd from the 11th Century Tibetan teacher Machig Labdron, “Feeding Your Demons” is a five-step process created by Lama Tsultrim Allione that allows one to offer compassion and understanding to one’s own inner demons rather than engaging in struggle with them. This revolutionary paradigm shift has both personal and collective implications of feeding, not fighting that which assails us.

Applying Right Effort to Your Practice

Featuring JoAnna Hardy

When looking at our meditation practice it's helpful to pay attention to how much or how little energy we put into it. Just like our everyday lives, we can over do or under do, putting ourselves in a constant state of imbalance, confusion and burn out. In the Buddhist practice there is a term we use called Wise Effort — that “just-right-spot”. In this talk we will discuss and practice with wise effort and balance, both on and off the cushion.

The Whole Elephant

Featuring Trudy Goodman

Trudy shares about the importance of learning to integrate/reconcile our Buddhist practice and time spent online. What is our relationship to technology and how does it affect our practice? How do algorithms filter our ability to know and perceive our world and nature directly? Join Trudy as she also speaks to the importance of mystery and the unknown.

24 hrs/day Until September 1


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