BuddhaFest Online Film Festival

  • BuddhaFest: Fire Under the Snow starts today! Paid Member

    Fire Under the Snow tells the powerful story of Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk arrested by the Chinese Communist Army in 1959. He spent the next 33 years in prisons and labor camps for the "crimes" of peaceful demonstration and refusal to denounce his apolitical teacher as an Indian spy. While in prison, Palden Gyatso was tortured and forced to live in dehumanizing conditions. His courage and resilience, however, is a testament to the human spirit.Sign up for the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival, and watch Fire Under the Snow today.Watch an interview with Makoto Sasa, director and producer of Fire Under the Snow. Trailer: More »
  • Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival Begins Next Week Paid Member

    This coming Monday, June 6th, the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival will begin with Fire Under the Snow. This film is the story of a monk who was imprisoned by the Chinese for 33 years  for the "crimes" of peaceful demonstration and his refusal to denounce his teacher, who was not involved in politics at all. Makoto Sasa, the director of Fire in the Snow, was interviewed by Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara—herself a former professor of film—here. Thursday, June 9th, With One Voice will follow. With One Voice is distributed by Alive Mind Cinema and is the story of the common spiritual goals of all mankind, and the ongoing dialogue between faiths. More »
  • Next Week at the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival: With One Voice Paid Member

    The Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival starts June 6th. The first film will be Fire Under the Snow, about the courage of a Tibetan monk who endured years of torment from his Chinese captors. The second will be author, teacher and filmmaker Matt Flickstein's With One Voice, which examines the deep commonalities between the wonderful variety of the world's spiritual traditions. See the schedule of Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival films here. Want to see all six films? Be sure to get your festival pass before the films begin playing on June 6th. Festival passes are available to Tricycle Community Members. Not a member? Join here. More »
  • Buddhafest Video: Filmmaker Makoto Sasa on Fire Under the Snow Paid Member

    In this video Enkyo Roshi speaks with Makoto Sasa about her documentary Fire Under the Snow, which will kick off the Tricycle Buddhafest Online Film Festival on June 6. Join the Tricycle Community to watch Fire Under the Snow and five other Buddhist films. Watch the Fire Under the Snow trailer here. More »
  • Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival, featuring Crazy Wisdom Paid Member

    The Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival starts June 6th! There will be six films shown throughout the month—see the schedule of films here.Want to see all six films? Be sure to get your festival pass before the films begin playing. Festival passes are available to Tricycle Community Members. Not a member? Join here. One of the films we're very excited to showcase in this festival is Crazy Wisdom, Johanna Demetrakas's documentary about the controversial but hugely influential Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Allen Ginsberg considered him his guru; Thomas Merton wanted to write a book with him; Pema Chodron was his student and Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. Watch the trailer below. More »