The Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival

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The Fifth Annual Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is here!

Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival brings you the latest in Buddhist feature films, shorts and dharma talks. This year's all-star line-up will be available on Tricycle from June 15 to August 2.

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

  • Online access to six feature-length films, including Monk with a Camera and The Devotion of Matthieu Ricard. See the complete list below.

  • Access to all of BuddhaFest’s talks this year. Speakers include Matthieu Ricard, Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg. See the complete list below.

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 $25. 

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2015 TALKS

Bringing Our Practice Out into the World: Lessons from Baltimore
Sharon Salzberg
June 15

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
Matthieu Ricard
June 22

How Mindfulness is Transforming Workplaces
David Gelles, George Mumford and Mark Tercek
June 29

Dakini Power: Extraordinary Women Shaping Tibetan Buddhism in the West
Michaela Haas
July 6

Beloved Community: Healing What Separates Us
Tara Brach
July 13

Embodied Life, Liberated Life: Manifesting Dharma Through Presence
angel Kyodo williams
July 20


2015 FILMS


Khandro: A Woman’s Path of Peace
Directed by Babeth VanLoo
Netherlands / 2014 / English / 60 min / Documentary

Khandro: A Woman’s Path of Peace portrays the life of Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, who is a rare example of a woman lama in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Screening: June 15-June 28

Monk with a Camera

Monk with a Camera
Directed by Tina Mascara & Guido Santi
USA / 2014 / English / 90 min / Documentary

Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas' life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly regarded position.

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Screening: June 22-July 5

Giving Life to Life

Giving Life to Life
Directed by Patrick van Boeckel
Netherlands / 2014 / English, and Dutch with English subtitles / 75 min / Documentary

Zen teacher, activist, anthropologist, and author Joan Halifax has come to exemplify many of the developments in Buddhism in America. She is the founder of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, her base from which she travels extensively on teaching and humanitarian trips around the world, and she is a leader in working with people in the final phase of life. Filmed on location in New Mexico, Holland, Nepal and Germany.

Screening: June 29-July 12 

Peace is Every Step

Peace is Every Step—Meditation In Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh
Directed by Gaetano Kazuo Maida
USA / 1998 / English / 52 min / Documentary

The classic film profile of renowned Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize-nominee Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Screening: July 6-July 19

Dharma Rising

Dharma Rising
Directed by David Cherniack
Canada / 2015 / English / 59 min / Documentary

This film will look through the eyes of the first generation of Western Dharma teachers at how that adaptation is taking shape within a culture that runs on the engines of competition and greed, where many consider cruelty to be kindness and ignorance to be knowledge. If its history is any judge the sublime path our colonial forefathers dubbed Buddhism has begun a migration that over time will leave it, and quite possibly modernity itself, greatly transformed.

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Screening: July 13-July 28

The Devotion of Matthieu Ricard

The Devotion of Matthieu Ricard
Directed by George Schouten and Babeth M. VanLoo
USA / 2008 / Dutch and French w/English subtitles / 67 min / Documentary

This intimate portrait follows Matthieu as he continues the work of his late teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and shows him in all aspects of his extraordinary and inspirational life. Featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (and his young reincarnation Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche), Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Kangyur Rinpoche; etc.

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Screening: July 20-August 2

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