Movies

  • Buddha's Lost Children (And A Tough-Love Monk) Paid Member

    We have a new film at the Tricycle | Buddhafest Online Film Festival: Buddha's Lost Children, directed by Mark Verkerk. The Tricycle team watched it together yesterday afternoon, and let me tell you, this one's a good one. The film follows Thai boxer turned Buddhist monk Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto (Khru Bah, for short), as he takes young children from the fringes of Thai society into his monastery, saving them from a life of impoverishment or drug abuse. Focusing on three boys at the monastery, the film shows their transformation throughout a year under Khru Bah's care. More »
  • Now Announcing the Short Films Showcase Winners... Paid Member

    Two months ago, we launched the Short Films Showcase competition with a simple and serious question: "What does it mean to be Awake in the World?" Twenty-five dared to respond. With original, five-minute videos that range in content from beekeeping in Virginia to skateboarding in East Harlem, these filmmakers answered with visual stories of meditation, mindful awareness, compassion, and service to the world. You came. You watched. You voted. And now it's time to announce the winners. Without further ado... AUDIENCE CHOICE, FIRST PLACE goes to Chad Scheifele's "Who Am I?" Congratulations, Chad! With a healthy 1220 votes and average rating of 4.7 stars, you've won $1,000, two All-Festival passes to Buddhafest, and the screening of your film there. Watch Chad's winning video below. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "In SHAPE" Paid Member

    On his entry form, short film showcase contestant SeungAh Lee described his motivation for making the film "In SHAPE" like this: One day while I was walking down a busy city street, it suddenly seemed that everyone around me was controlled by the shape of squares. It was as though the shape of squares had cast a lengthening shadow on everyone's existence, obscuring people's bright and open-ended awareness with the dreary repetitiveness of day-to-day living, and in a way that no one even noticed. Lee's got a point. Right now I'm typing away at a square keyboard with square keys, staring at a square computer monitor that is sitting on a square desk. I'm surrounded by square-shaped books, notepads, and post-its. Thank goodness my chair is circular, or I'd be starting to get really alarmed. 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 »