Saturday, October 05, 2013

Buddhist Film Festival at the Vic Theatre
808 Humboldt St,

The Vic Theatre is holding a Buddhist Film Fest from  October 8th -12th.  19h00 each night.

·       October 8th:  Digital Dharma:  American E. Gene Smith made it his life mission to rescue the written legacy of the Tibetan culture by organizing a project to digitize and translate 20,000 volumes of Tibetan literature, on everything from medicine and history to poetry and Buddhist texts.
·      October 9th: Shugendo Now:  A very spiritual and physical practice, Shugendo Practitioners are deeply committed to protecting nature and the environment. Their love and dedication will inspire you. The scenery will take your breath away.
·      October 10th: Amongst White Clouds: Filmed on location in China, this film allows us an intimate peek into the lives of China's Buddhist hermit monks. Burger presents their tradition, their wisdom and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives among the clouds.
·      October 11th: Crazy Wisdom: Explore the life of the late Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Ever enigmatic, he remain a mystery, even to his wife of 17 years. Thomas Merton wanted to write a book with him; Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. Trungpa taught Buddhism as though it were a matter of life and death.
·      October 12th: When the Iron Bird Flies: As Buddhism manifests in the West, this film asks the vital question "In these increasingly chaotic modern times, can these age old teaching help us to find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?"

When the Iron Bird Flies weaves an intricate tapestry using interviews with contemporary Tibetan Buddhist teachers, stories of western practitioners, archival footage and images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha's core teachings.

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