The Fourth Annual Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival!

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The Fourth Annual Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is here! If you can't make it to the live event, the BuddhaFest Film Festival held June 19-22 in Washington, DC, we're bringing everything to you online!

Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival brings you the latest in Buddhist feature films, shorts, dharma talks, and interviews. This year's all-star line-up will be available on Tricycle from June 16 to August 3.

Here’s what you get with your Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival pass:

  • Online access to six feature-length films, including American Rimpoche and Free the Mind. See the complete list below.

  • Access to six of BuddhaFest’s talks this year. Speakers include Gelek Rimpoche, Tara Brach, Roshi Joan Halifax, and Sharon Salzberg. See the complete list below.

  • Exclusive interviews with the films' directors

Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival passes are available for Supporting and Sustaining Members for a discounted price of $20.  The price for non-members is $30.

Sign up today! The fun starts on June 16 and runs through August 3.


Through the Flames | June 23 | Allan Lokos

The Generosity of Bodhisattvas as a Way of Life | June 30 | Gelek Rimpoche

Removing the Armor: Letting Love Flow Freely | July 7 | Tara Brach

Shedding Light on Courage in Buddhism: Fully Inclining toward Compassion and Care | July 14 | Roshi Joan Halifax

Dharma at the Edge: Bringing Healing and Transformation to the Forgotten and Marginalized Living in the Charnel Grounds of our Society | July 21 | Fleet Maull

The Power of Generosity | July 28 | Sharon Salzberg and Barbara Bonner

THE 2014 FILMS: 

Free the Mind

Free the Mind follows Steve, an ex-interrogator, and Rich, a battalion leader in Iraq and Afghanistan, as they struggle with PTSD upon their return home from war. They meet brain scientist Richard Davidson, who is conducting an unusual experiment: By teaching Buddhist-inspired practices to veterans, he explores their capacities to ease pain and help people find happiness. Can meditation and yoga succeed where often medication does not?

Screening begins June 23.

American Rimpoche: A Tibetan Lama in the 21st Century

The documentary American Rimpoche tells the story of Gelek Rimpoche, among the last of the living lamas to have been educated in Tibet. Gelek Rimpoche’s story is a mirror of America’s romance with Tibet and the assimilation of its unique treasures.

Screening begins June 30.

The Whale

Narrated by the actor Ryan Reynolds, The Whale tells the story of a young killer whale—an orca—nicknamed Luna, who loses contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia, turning up alone in a narrow stretch of sea called Nootka Sound. Orcas are social creatures who live with their families throughout their lives; if separated, they usually fade away and die. Luna, however, survives against the odds, befriending the people of Nootka Sound.

Screening begins July 7.

Unmistaken Child

Unmistaken Child follows a young Tibetan Buddhist monk, Tenzin Zopa, as he scours tiny villages along the Nepal-China border in search for the reincarnation of his beloved teacher, the world-renowned lama Geshe Lama Konchog. Doubting his ability to acurately find and recognize the reincarnation of an enlightened master, Tenzin Zopa is daunted by the task, for which he alone seems responsible.

Screening begins July 14.

Unlikely Friends

From award-winning filmmaker Leslie Neale, Unlikely Friends documents victims of brutal crimes who, through the power of forgiveness, unexpectedly become friends with their perpetrators. The victims forgive out of a need to heal themselves, which in turn motivates their perpetrators to fully account for their actions and begin a process of true rehabilitation.

Screening begins July 21.

Olo, the Boy from Tibet

Olo, the Boy from Tibet tells the story of a 10-year-old Tibetan who leaves his family and flees his homeland alone—at the age of 6. Now Olo lives in a boarding school in northern India, among other refugees. The moving documentary follows Olo's life among a community of exiled Tibetans over a three-year period, and asks: What is country? What is culture? What is it to live?

Screening begins July 28.