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    Announcing the Tricycle Film Club Paid Member

    Image: Mel Weitsman, founder and abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, talks about establishing the center with his teacher Shunryu Suzuki RoshiToday marks the launch of the the Tricycle Film Club! Each month, Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to a select feature-length film, presented in partnership with Alive Mind Cinema and BuddhaFest 2012. The first film, showing today through January 15, is Ed Herzog's Old Plum Mountain: The Berkeley Zen Center—Life Inside the Gate. More »
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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 »