Film

  • Awake in the World: Forgiveness Paid Member

    (Left to Right: Helen Whitney, Reverend Petero Sabune, Donald Shriver, Sensei Nancy Mujo Baker, Helen Tworkov) More »
  • Mindfulness & Murder: A monastic mystery Paid Member

    Who dunnit? That's what Father Ananda, a cop-turned-Buddhist-monk, is trying to figure out in Irish-Thai director Tom Waller's new film Mindfulness and Murder (Sop Mai Ngib in Thai). From the Bangkok Post: Adapted for the screen and directed by Tom Waller, an Irish-Thai producer/filmmaker, the film is adding a new shelf in the menagerie of monk characters in Thai movies. Though not exactly a mind-twisting detective flick of the highest order, the film rides on a moody atmosphere, while its portrayal of the cloistered monastic existence—in good and bad ways—is honest and far from simply flattering. More »
  • The Practice of the Wild Paid Member

    Gary Snyder has been a mosquito, and Jim Harrison would like to be a tree. These are two important things we learn from watching The Practice of the Wild, a documentary by John J. Healey featuring the old codgers (San Simeon/ Whole Earth Films, produced by Will Hearst and Jim Harrison, 52 min., DVD, $18.95). Although it contains some archival footage and short interviews with friends and colleagues, the bulk of the film consists of a Q&A between Snyder and Harrison. Officially, it’s Harrison asking the questions and Snyder answering them—however, in truth, it’s a shared conversation. It’s a delight to watch the two friends as they amble across the Santa Lucia Mountains discussing the objects of their passions: the earth and its poetry. They make a likable pair. Where Snyder is refined and eloquent, a trim graybeard speaking with the authority of someone accustomed to being listened to, Harrison is unassuming, earthy, and unkempt. More »
  • "Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche" to Premier Tomorrow Paid Member

    The much anticipated film Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche will be premiering tomorrow at the Santa Barbara film festival. Watch the trailer here: Crazy Wisdom Trailer from Matthew Mecer on Vimeo. via crazywisdomthemovie.com, More »
  • An Angry Zen Chef on How to Cook Your Life Paid Member

    Ed Brown—former student of Suzuki Roshi and author of the Tassajara Bread Book—has practiced both Buddhism and cooking for over 40 years. This does not mean, however, that he's always equanimous in the kitchen. In fact, in a profile a couple years back, Slashfood called Brown the "Angry Zen Chef." How did he earn this nickname? By being unafraid to share and talk about his emotions—which at times can include a little anger, especially when people get in his way in the kitchen. More »
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    Jeff Bridges & costars blend Buddhism and state-of-the-art special effects in new movie Paid Member

    In recent interviews the stars of the upcoming science fiction movie Tron: Legacy have spoken about the influence that Zen Buddhism had on the making of the film. Jeff Bridges, a practicing Buddhist and the star of Tron, hoped that the cult classic would blend special effects with elements of Zen. From National Post: More »