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Buddhist Film Section
« on: June 14, 2010, 08:23:53 am »
I was reading an article at:

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=12,9266,0,0,1,0

It occurred to me that it may be fun/interesting/beneficial to have a section of FreeSangha devoted to the discussion of Buddhist and Buddhist inspired film.

There's a lot out there worth discussing.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Buddhist Film Section
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2010, 08:59:56 am »
A couple of documentaries are out there. I like "Unmistaken Child" It is about the search for the reincarnation of a Gelug lama from Kopan monastery (but not Lama Yeshe). It was done for Israeli TV, of all things. It show the Tibetan tulku tradition for all its weirdness, funkiness, and wonderful qualities all at the same time. The person that is put in charge of the search is the attendant to the deceased lama. He is a simple monk but very sincere. His sincerity is what is so endearing about the film.

Another documentary I haven't seen yet but  is supposed to be good is "Tulku: Divine Birth, Ordinary Life". It was made my one of Trungpa's kids (Gesar Mukpo) who was identified as a major Karma Kagyu tulku as a child. He's a young man now and obviously has mixed feelings about the whole thing. He interviews his western tulku peers, and from the trailers I get the idea that they all have mixed feelings about it too. It was funded by the National Film Board of Canada, so you have to contact them directly in order to buy a copy. It is not available elsewhere. But I haven't seen it. The trailers are on YouTube.
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Re: Buddhist Film Section
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2010, 09:48:48 am »
A couple of documentaries are out there. I like "Unmistaken Child" It is about the search for the reincarnation of a Gelug lama from Kopan monastery (but not Lama Yeshe). It was done for Israeli TV, of all things. It show the Tibetan tulku tradition for all its weirdness, funkiness, and wonderful qualities all at the same time. The person that is put in charge of the search is the attendant to the deceased lama. He is a simple monk but very sincere. His sincerity is what is so endearing about the film.

Another documentary I haven't seen yet but  is supposed to be good is "Tulku: Divine Birth, Ordinary Life". It was made my one of Trungpa's kids (Gesar Mukpo) who was identified as a major Karma Kagyu tulku as a child. He's a young man now and obviously has mixed feelings about the whole thing. He interviews his western tulku peers, and from the trailers I get the idea that they all have mixed feelings about it too. It was funded by the National Film Board of Canada, so you have to contact them directly in order to buy a copy. It is not available elsewhere. But I haven't seen it. The trailers are on YouTube.

That's why I think it would be cool if we had a spot on these boards where film can be discussed.  Film is a big part of contemporary culture.  Films on Buddhist topics as well as films that may (or may not) have been Buddhist inspired (Like Matrix, etc.) would be an excellent basis for discussion.

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Re: Buddhist Film Section
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010, 10:38:36 am »
Films on Buddhist topics as well as films that may (or may not) have been Buddhist inspired (Like Matrix, etc.) would be an excellent basis for discussion.
So I'm not the only one that thought the Matrix had Buddhist themes!
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Re: Buddhist Film Section
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010, 06:15:20 am »
Dear Friends

om svasti

Here in McKinney, Texas, we have an ongoing Dharma Film Series every last Friday of the month. We watch a Dharma-inspired film and then hold a brief informal discussion.

A sample listing from our schedule includes a variety of films from different traditions and perspectives: Kundun, The Mission, The Matrix, Memoirs of a Geisha, Unmistaken Child, The Last Samurai, Being There, Little Buddha, and Scent of Green Papaya.

The Arlington Center in Massachusetts has been doing this for a very long time, and i'm sure they have an extensive list of such films.

The possibilities are endless.

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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2010, 03:14:26 pm »
How about the latest Doctor Who season... the writers I think have just turned Buddhist... 
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Re: Buddhist Film Section
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2010, 05:08:35 am »
My home city, Melbourne, Australia has a yearly Buddhist film festival. (Amazing in itself as there are few Buddhists here)

Some unusual films turn up that would never make it to the cinemas.

Last year the films included :-

'The Wheel of Time' by Werner Herzog (2003)

'The Dhamma Brothers" about a vipassana meditation program in Donaldson Correctional Facility in the US  (2007)

'Meditate and Destroy" Rebellion, punk rock and spirituality, through the eyes of Noah Levine (Dharma Punx) (2007)

Then  my absolute favourite -

'Amongst White Clouds' - about students and masters...the recluses in the Zhongnan Mountains of China. (2005)

To my delight I found this on  Google Videos....the whole film...so I can re-watch it again and again.

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=222430508810204963


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