Film

  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "The Original Face" Paid Member

    I've been having a lot of fun watching the short-films showcase and competition. I really didn't know what to expect when we first called for entries. Would there be enough of them? Would they be any good? The good news is that the answers to these questions are yes and yes. There are plenty of shorts—25 in all—and plenty that make for good viewing. And don't worry—if one doesn't please, they're all under 5 minutes! The bad news? Well, there is none, except that only one filmmaker can take home the $1,000 prize. Also,  the two-week run ends on Friday. My latest viewing: "The Original Face," inspired by the famous Zen koan, What did your face look like before your parents were born?, or often, Show me your original face. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "Buddha in the Bee Yard" Paid Member

    Counting today, there's only three days left to decide who our Short Films Showcase winner is going to be. I hate to sound like a politician, but (I'm putting on my stern face now) your votes count. This is your chance to alter Short Films Showcase history. All right, the politico-speech is over now. Let's talk short films. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Alan Swyer, Director of Spiritual Revolution Paid Member

    The second feature in this year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is Alan Swyer's Spiritual Revolution, an interview bonanza with spiritual leaders, scientists, psychotherapists, and scholars. This means new, original content from many familiar Tricycle faces: Bob Thurman, Jack Kornfield, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shinzen Young, and John Makransky, not to mention a host of other spiritually-oriented and fascinating people. Speaking about the convergence of Eastern traditions and Western culture, these people—and their ideas—form the backbone of the spiritual revolution sweeping through the West. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "What Does It Mean to be Awake in the World?" Paid Member

    Many films in our Short Films Showcase went for the tried and true technique of answering the competition's challenge question: they asked other people. "What does it mean to be awake in the world," an aptly-named short by filmmakers Fred Yi and Lauren Talley, stands out from the bunch precisely because they interviewed those among us who don't particularly stand out. You know, the Everyman! (Or in the lexicon of just-past politics, Joe the Plumber.) Except for Geshe Nicholas Vreeland, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and the abbot of Rato monastery in India, all of the people that Yi and Talley interview are just...normal people. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Today's Featured Shorts 6/4 Paid Member

    If you haven't already, go ahead and vote on all the films on our Short Films Showcase—we have until Friday to decide which filmmaker rolls home with $1,000. We know that 25 films, even at 5 minutes a pop, is a lot, so we're featuring a few on the blog each day to help you make some key choices. More »
  • Chinese Mining Company Might Destroy Ancient Buddhist Ruins in Mes Aynak Paid Member

    More than 2,500 years ago, Buddhists established a sprawling monastery complex in the barren desert just 25 miles southeast of present-day Kabul, Afghanistan, attracted to the remote location because of its rich copper deposits. Mes Aynak, the once vibrant home to hundreds of Buddha statues and Bronze Age treasures, fell into ruin for centuries.The former spiritual center rose again to prevalence thousands of years later when the disregarded ruins became an Al-Qaeda training ground, playing host to high-ranking members of the terrorist organization beginning in 1999. Eight years later, in 2007, the red-brown metal that first caught the Buddhists’ eyes brought an international giant onto the scene. More »