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Featuring an Extraordinary Collection of Films, Talks, Meditation & Music

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Your Online Pass Includes:

  • Seven New Wisdom Talks with Matthieu Ricard, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson, Stephen Batchelor, Andrew Holecek and Rev. angel Kyodo williams
  • Plus Favorites from the Last Two BuddhaFests: Roshi Joan Halifax, Lama Surya Das, Lama Tsultrim Alllione, Ram Dass, Sylvia Boorstein, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Trudy Goodman, JoAnna Hardy and Jack Kornfield
  • Seven New Buddhist Films Including Five Premieres
  • Interviews with Several of the Filmmakers
  • Plus an Encore Musical Performance from BuddhaFest 2019 by Drukmo Gyal Dakini of Tibet

 

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BuddhaFest Presented in Partnership with

Seven New Films

Refuge

Directed by John Halpern, USA, 57min., English

Through the voices of a remarkable collection of internationally recognized personalities, this film spans the past three decades of Buddhism’s contribution to the West.

Featuring in-depth interviews with the Dalai Lama, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Dzongzar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Bernardo Bertolucci, Philip Glass, Melissa Mathison, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, and others, revealing the spiritual and cultural roots of this emerging social paradigm.

Filmed in India, Nepal, Tibet, Switzerland, France, Canada, and the USA.

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Zen and the West

Directed by Luke Fitch; produced by Chris Hebard, USA, 84min.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Follow along as we travel to Canada, Japan, The Philippines, Europe and the USA, visiting Zen teachers, scientists, politicians, Christians, atheists, and celebrities exploring the questions: What is Zen? What is awakening/enlightenment? Is Zen a religion? How does science view Zen? What does awakening look like in everyday life?

The film is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, and has an appearance by him. It also features Kaz Tanahashi, Joan Halifax, Bernie Glassman (in his last interview before his death), Henry Shukman, and others.

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Music Monks

Directed by Qiaoli Wang, China, 79min., in Chinese with English subtitles 
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Little is known about the enduring and mysterious existence of the music monks of China. Founded in 555 AD and one of the world’s most prominent cultural and musical institutions from the 10th till the 13th centuries, Xiangguo Temple survives and has preserved the roots of Chinese music through the efforts of generations of its monk musicians.

Besides Master Xinguang, the persistent and passionate orchestra conductor Shi Yuande has been one of the key figures in the process. Now it is up to three talented young members of the orchestra to continue the work. Can they be expected to strictly adhere to Buddhist doctrine in these modern times?

Filmed on location at Xiangguo Temple in China.

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Visions of a Teacher

Directed by Jaap Verhoeven, Netherlands, 60min.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Filmed on location in Katmandu with noted filmmaker and Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (Khyentse Norbu). His fifth feature film, Looking for A Lady with Fangs and A Moustache was produced in Nepal, and tells a story of a Westernized Nepali who’s caught in a life-threatening challenge that only the intervention of a dakini (an energetic being in female form) can resolve.

The director, depicted in the film Words of My Perfect Teacher as a bit of a trickster, is interviewed and observed in production, working on this new film with master cinematographer Ping Bin Lee (The Puppetmaster, Mood for Love).

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The Geshe Ma Is Born

Directed by Malati Rao, India, 60min., in English, and Hindi and Tibetan with English subtitles
WORLD PREMIERE

This is a moving portrait of the first graduating class of Tibetan Buddhist nuns to achieve the Geshe degree (equivalent to a master’s degree in philosophy). While there still is no path to ordination for Tibetan nuns, the Geshe degree program is a major step forward.

The Dalai Lama is interviewed extensively on the subject, and is very articulate and nuanced here. Filmed on location at Kopan Monastery in India. A co-production with the Dalai Lama’s Foundation for Universal Responsibility.

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Bon and the West

Directed by Andrea Heckman, USA, 91min. 
WORLD PREMIERE

In the ancient Himalayas there existed a kingdom known as Zhang Zhung, whose Bön religion has continued and is recognized as a core tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Today at Menri Monastery in Northern India and Triten Norbutse in Kathmandu Nepal, young monks and nuns carry on the Bön teachings and lineage, which include the Dzogchen practices. Western students now embrace Bön practices for finding compassion and joy amidst the technological and often chaotic world.

Beautifully filmed on location in Virginia, Poland, Mexico, and Dolpo.

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Precious Guru

Directed by Marc Wennberg, USA, 70min., in English, and Tibetan with English subtitles

Precious Guru offers a vivid portrait of the life, times, and legacy of “the second Buddha,” Padmasambhava, the 8th century Indian yogi who carried Buddhism over the Himalayas into Tibet.

In contrast to Shakyamuni, the first Buddha, Padmasambhava was not an ascetic monk, rather more a wild man who had many lovers, as well as a magician who was said to have had a miraculous birth, subdued demons, and bound them to the Buddhist teachings, enabling the conversion of Tibet to Buddhism. Beneath the tales of his exploits lies a radically relevant truth: the darker the times, the greater the potential for transformation. He is also known as Guru Rinpoche, or "Precious Guru.” His consort, Yeshe Tsogyal, is widely revered.

Filmed on location in India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Mongolia.

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ENCORE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
FROM BUDDHAFEST 2019

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.

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SEVEN NEW WISDOM TALKS

Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World

Featuring Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg explores what can sustain us, even in times of anxiety and loss, what helps us align with our deepest values, and what supports us in contributing to the well-being of others. She looks at timeless wisdom and time-tested methods that help us to be more centered, balanced and resilient as we seek to transform ourselves and the world.

Everything Is No Big Deal: How Ordinary Experience Is All We Need

Featuring Rev. angel Kyodo williams

In the era of mindfulness everywhere and instant teachers Instagramming, it is easy and tempting to imagine that meditation, that practice, is something special. It's actually no big deal. Rev. angel describes a 3-part practice using coffee(!) to get us to wake up to how meeting our experience directly is extraordinary enough.

A Plea for the Animals

Featuring Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard discusses the relationship of humans to other living species, asserting that compassion and respect for all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire. He calls for a change in the culture to eliminate unnecessary suffering, improve the quality of life for all sentient beings, and benefit the planet.

Evolving Compassion in Times of Crisis

Featuring Tara Brach

Tara Brach looks at how crisis triggers our survival brain, while it also provides an opportunity to evolve our consciousness. She offers RAIN (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) as a tool for shifting from react to respond…both in working with ourselves and others.

The Art of Solitude

Featuring Stephen Batchelor

Stephen Batchelor shares his experience venturing deeply into solitude while on sabbatical, a practice integral to meditative traditions. Meditation, spiritual practice, making art, and training himself to keep an open, questioning mind have all contributed to his ability to be simultaneously alone and at ease, staying openhearted and enjoying the inescapable solitude that is at the heart of human life.

Dreams of Light: The Profound Daytime Practice of Lucid Dreaming

Featuring Andrew Holecek

The Nocturnal Meditations are little known in the West, but they hold unparalleled opportunities for psychological and spiritual growth. This presentation will introduce you to these remarkable practices, and the daytime meditations that support them. Previously tucked under the blanket of secrecy, these leading edge “dark” meditations, now coming to light, can literally add years of consciousness to your life.

Finding Calm and Contentment in Turbulent Times

Featuring Rick Hanson

The deepest roots of happiness are in the living body. At the intersection of modern science and ancient wisdom – which could be called neurodharma – we can find very effective tools for resilient well-being. Join Dr. Rick Hanson for a practical and experiential exploration of brain-savvy ways to grow lasting happiness and inner peace.

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FAVORITE TALKS FROM PREVIOUS FESTIVALS

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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