At our December Movie Night, we will be viewing Halving the Bones, a documentary by novelist and Buddhist nun Ruth Ozeki. Halving the Bones provides a spirited exploration of the meaning of family, history and memory, cultural identity and what it means to have been named after Babe Ruth! Read more »
Unprecedented access and intimate knowledge inform this richly detailed and beautifully filmed portrait of a secret Tibetan Buddhist ritual, the Mani Rimdu festival, and the remarkable spiritual teacher, Trulshik Rinpoche, who leads and preserves this centuries-old tradition.
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 »
We have had a series of really depressing movies lately, so this month we will be viewing I Heart Huckabees. Co-written and directed by David O. Russell, a former student of Eido Roshi, I Heart Huckabees is one of the most Buddhist movies in the English language, despite (or because of) never using the B word. It is also one of the funniest movies ever made. A screwball comedy about existential angst, I Heart Huckabees has an all star cast, and lots of insight in between the belly laughs.
May Movie Night will feature Secret Sunshine, a film by the director of Poetry which we greatly enjoyed a few months ago. A master of intensely emotional human dramas, director Lee Chang-dong is a luminary of contemporary Korean cinema, and his place on the international stage was cemented by this stirring and unpredictable work examining grief and deliverance. Read more »
At Shinge Roshi's request, we again watch Cherry Blossoms, a film by Doris Dorrie, who also made Enlightenment Guaranteed. Doris Dorrie is a spiritually sensitive German film director who has made a remarkable and touching film about impermanence, death, grief, and the healing power of creativity. Read more »
There is a revolution going on in science, a genuine paradigm shift. While mainstream science remains materialist, a substantial number of scientists are supporting and developing a paradigm based on the primacy of consciousness.Read more »
This month's movie night will feature a Korean film, Poetry. A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. This very moving film was a top 10 pick for best foreign film by virtually every critic for 2010. It is not an overtly Buddhist movie, but it does ask, "How do you live your life when face with insurmountable obstacles?"