Movie Night: Old Plum Mountain
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.
Through the experiences of its members- as these men and women practice Soto Zen's ancient rituals, do mindful work, cook and serve food, and sit zazen- Old Plum Mountain tells the story of the Berkeley Zen Center, one of the oldest self-sustaining lay practice centers in the nation. Founded in 1967 by the late Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and his student Sojun Mel Weitsman, this uniquely American Zen Center offers to all, both lay and priest, a safe and supportive place to engage in a path of spiritual exploration. Zazen, or sitting in the deep stillness of the self, is the center of the practice at Berkeley Zen Center. In Old Plum Mountain, BZC members describe how this practice has dramatically changed, challenged, and sustained their lives. "We do not practice zazen to attain enlightenment, but rather to express our true nature." -Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Producer and director: Edwin Herzog 65 min. 2011
We will also show some brief rough cuts from Keigetsu Yao Xu's film about Shinge Roshi.