This Friday's movie night will feature "Old Plum Mountain: The Berkeley Zen Center- Life Inside the Gate", a film suggested to us by Kaz Tanahashi.“Old Plum Mountain” is a documentary film by Ed Herzog that shows how these Buddhist pioneers created a new practice of Buddhism that has widened Buddhism’s appeal in the Bay Area and around the country, helping to popularize eastern spiritual practices in the West. Read more »
This a fascinating Tibetan pilgrimage journey, led by Tibetologist Glenn Mullin and filmed by Michael Wiese, through which the viewer will explore the caves where the early Buddhist masters achieved enlightenment, enter the monasteries where the early Dalai Lamas and the founders of Tibetan Buddhism meditated and taught, and - at the altitude of 16,000 feet - look into the remarkable Oracle Lake where every Dalai Lama has had prophetic visions.
The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most westerners to grasp. Unmistaken Child follows the four-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84.
Amongst White Clouds is an intimate insider’s look at students and masters living in scattered retreats dotting China’s Zhongnan Mountain range. T hese peaks have reputedly been home to recluses since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago. It was widely thought that the tradition was all but wiped out, but this film emphatically and beautifully shows us otherwise. Read more »
The second film (1/2 hour) is Cold Mountain. This is a film portrait of the Tang Dynasty poet Han Shan, known as "Cold Mountain." Recorded on location in China, America and Japan, Burton Watson, Red Pine and the legendary Gary Snyder describe the poet's life and recite poems. Read more »
From the World Cup to the mythical mountain kingdom of Bhutan, Words of my Perfect Teacher follows three students on a quest they hope will lead to wisdom. The catch is the teacher. Soccer obsessed, charismatic filmmaker and citizen of the world: Khyentse Norbu may be one of the worlds most eminent Buddhist teachers, but it's a job description he slyly rejects at every turn.
Tulku is a documentary film about young people caught between the culture they were born in and the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture into which they were reborn. They are Western Tulkus - all of them recognized when they were children as reincarnations of great Tibetan Buddhist masters. Filmmaker Gesar Mukpo is one of them. In Tulku he sets out to meet others like him - young people struggling between modern and ancient, East and West. Here is a link with much more information about the film: http://films.nfb.ca/tulku. Read more »
“A wonderful, powerful, and unsentimental film about incarcerated men getting below the surface of things. The freedom and community they find sitting on meditation cushions in an Alabama prison is a rare inspiration to all of us.” – Richard Gere Read more »