Tricycle Film Club
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Welcome to the Tricycle Film Club!
This month Tricycle Supporting and Sustaining Members will be treated to two films at the Tricycle Film Club, presented in partnership with BuddhaFest Film Festival, June 14-17 in Washington, DC. The first is The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, a documentary about the extreme asceticism of running Buddhists in Japan, and the second is Into Great Silence, a documentary about the everyday lives of Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse, high in the French Alps. The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei begins today and Into Great Silence will begin Monday, May 14.
The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei (1992)
The marathon monks of Mount Hiei are some of the best runners in the world. These monks are known for their physical endurance in running, a form of extreme asceticism called Kaihogyo that lasts seven years. After the fifth year, the monks begin a nine day confinement without any food, water, rest, or sleep. Then they start running again. During the final year of Kaihogyo the monks run 84 km per day for 100 days straight.
The film follows Tanno Kakudo, who, over seven years, completes 1000 marathon pilgrimages to the 270 sacred sites on Mount Hiei, Central Japan.
The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, written and produced by Christopher J. Hayden, is based on a book of the same title by John Stevens.
Join director Michael Yorke in a discussion of this movie.