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    "Art As a Weapon" Needs Your Help! Paid Member

    San Diego's Breadtruck Films is creating a feature documentary called "Art As a Weapon," which explores the convergence of Buddhism, street art, and the struggle for democracy in Burma. You can watch the teaser trailer here, which includes interviews with Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and street artist Shepard Fairey, best known for his "Hope" posters from the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. More »
  • BuddhaFest: Filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas on Crazy Wisdom Paid Member

    In this (two-part) video Filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas talks about Crazy Wisdom, her documentary about the life and times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Crazy Wisdom will be showing at the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival starting this Monday, June 27. All six films from the festival will be available through July 4. Get your festival pass here. More »
  • BuddhaFest: Crazy Wisdom starts Monday! Paid Member

    "I wanted the audience to feel like they had met Trungpa," says Crazy Wisdom filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas. "I want people to leave the theater feeling like they had spent an hour and a half in his presence."Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's presence is legendary. Consider: 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. He inspired a huge Buddhist movement in the West. Crazy Wisdom looks at the "life and times" of this major, if controversial, Buddhist figure. Crazy Wisdom is a long time coming. Demetrakas spent five years researching the film and four more years making it. Many Tricycle Community Members have said that it's the film that they are most excited about in the first Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival. More »
  • Magical Moments: BuddhaFest in DC Paid Member

    There was a magical moment at BuddhaFest in DC this past weekend. Actually there were plenty but one stands out in particular, for me personally. I was chatting with Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara before she was about to give a talk, trying to figure out where to put a voice recorder so that we could post the audio to tricycle.com. "Do you want me to press record right before I start?" Roshi asked."Don't worry about it," I said. "We can edit it so that all that we use is the teaching."That exchange was it, my magical moment. Nothing special about it. That's why it meant so much to me. I thought, How lucky am I, that I get to work so closely with so many wonderful teachers? How amazing is it that I get to be at BuddhaFest as a part of my job? More »
  • BuddhaFest: For the Benefit of All Beings starts today Paid Member

    The third week of the Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival starts today with For the Benefit of All Beings, a documentary about the life of Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche. Following in the great tradition of Milarepa, Rinpoche endured many hardships before finding a deep inner peace. Garchen Rinpoche was beaten by his father, spent years fighting the Chinese after they invaded Tibet, and was imprisoned for 20 years. In prison he received valuable teachings in secret, that he used to awaken his heart to boundless love and compassion. He now has students all over the world, including some of us in the Tricycle Community. Mary McKinnon wrote: More »
  • BuddhaFest: Cave in the Snow starts tomorrow! Paid Member

    The Tricycle BuddhaFest Online Film Festival keeps moving along. Tomorrow we'll showcase Cave in the Snow, the fourth of six Buddhist films being featured in the festival. More »