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I thought "The Matrix" (the first one) was a pretty good movie about Buddhism :-)

eh! just shows how we see things sometimes quite differently. i thought it was about christianity, great film. the two follow ups perhaps the most disappointing of all time

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Does this thread include documentaries? Like Cave In The Snow?

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Does this thread include documentaries? Like Cave In The Snow?

Sure :o

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Movie Review - Cave In The Snow

Nun fights gender bias in Buddhism

August 24, 2007

By Jayne Mayne

Rating: ***

Directed by Liz Thompson, with Tenzin Palmo.

It's no secret that throughout history, women's disempowerment has taken many forms.

Within patriarchal culture, access to knowledge has been a primary area where women have come off second best.

In the light of skewed gender dynamics this comes as no surprise, but not many people stop to consider that a respected spiritual tradition such as Buddhism, would apply discriminatory politicking in the delivery of their teachings.

Despite age-old tradition, British-born Tenzin Palmo is questioning this boys-club mentality, and Liz Thompson's Cave in the Snow follows her journey to raise the educational status of nuns within Tibetan Buddhism.

After meeting her guru in India in 1964, Palmo was ordained as one of the first western Tibetan Buddhist nuns.

Her search for perfection saw her isolate herself for 12 years in a remote Himalayan cave.

Here she studied classical Tibetan texts which described complex meditation techniques.

A tenacious student, she faced unimaginable cold, wild animals, near-starvation and avalanches. She grew her own food, and slept in a wooden meditation box, never lying down. Her goal being to gain enlightenment as a woman.

After this epic retreat, Palmo saw that other nuns had little opportunity for deeper study and practice, as many simply became servants for monks

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Her reaction was a vision to build a convent in northern India dedicated to helping women achieve spiritual excellence.

Cave in the Snow is a story of courage and phenomenal persistence.

It is an intimate portrayal of one woman's endeavour to make a difference.

Thompson's film doesn't relay the essence of Buddhist philosophy, or explore profound truths, rather the focus is firmly on Palmo's personal journey and her efforts to bring about change.

The 52-minute documentary features interviews with Palmo herself, a brief sitting with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and snippets of India.

Palmo is now based at Tashi Jong, Northern India, where she and her helpers have raised enough money to build the nunnery.

There she teaches that mindfulness can be interpreted in two ways: "Concentration, which is narrow and laser-like, or awareness, which is more panoramic."

Traditionally, women are trained to be the void that needs filling, the absence that needs presence.

So for many, it would seem at odds that a woman would actively seek to "go within".

Yet Palmo is intent on facilitating women's passage to attain enlightenment.

Source: Tonight

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Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut

http://www.buddhawild.com/v20/index.html

This unpretentious small feel good movie provides the opportunity for a group of strict missionary monks to talk about their lives and also celebrate the joy in Asian temple life and Asian culture.

"Now that everywhere you go there’s someone taking a picture or shooting video, it seems the world has become one big scrapbook, with everybody tearing out moments to save for later amid their own tattered recollections and reflections. While increased access to the tools of artistic practice certainly doesn’t make everyone an artist, it does heighten the ability of people to participate, to express their own moments of inspiration. Buddha Wild: Monk in a Hut is an example of something that’s not quite a home movie, but not exactly a professional production either. New Zealand–born actress Anna Wilding spent time traveling Sri Lanka and Thailand, meeting with Buddhist monks and a few Anglo expatriates to explore the tenets of Buddhism and the day-to-day lives of the monks. She gained access to areas of certain Buddhist temples that had never before been captured on film, including a rather cute “date” with a monk (who takes vows of celibacy) inside his modest hut. Wilding’s genuine curiosity about the monks’ beliefs and daily routines, as well as her willingness to ask questions that sometimes make her look like a bit of a dip, gives the film a homespun honesty and sincerity that make it a surprisingly pleasant trip." -- LA Weekly

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I watched the 'spring,summer,fall,winter....spring' one yesterday...

Mahayana in Korea is obviously very different to Theravada here..... the guy has sex whilst a monk... disrobes... then comes back as a monk

don't they have Paraccika offences then? Here he wouldn't be able to re-ordain.

They have the same 4 Parajika rules in the (2) Vinayas used by 'Mahayana' monks. A monk having sex is no longer a monk and cannot re-ordain. But remember this is just a movie however these things obviously do happen, with the monk keeping it a secret.

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Dhammatube:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3270793080622139734

Dhammatube stands for the idea to share short clips of Dhamma-teachings through the internet. Usually these teachings are less than three minutes long so that they can be used before or after work and in breaks to realign the mind, with teachings that one can choose from famous as well as hardly known teachers.

These clips can be played on the computer or easily copied on portable video devices (such as iPods) for use while waiting or being on the road. They can also be easily shown to other people in this way.

Anybody can upload clips of their teachers, so that there could be easily dozens or even hundreds of teachers in there once the project is fully underway.

All these videos in YouTube are uploaded automatically from Veoh.com. You can find us there by using "dhammatube" as the key word in the channel search box. The same clips are also present in Google Video.

For further inquiries please contact us at dhammatube-AT-gmail-DOT-com.

Country: United States

Website: http://dhammatube.googlepages.com

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Amongst White Clouds looks interesting.

"An intimate insider's look at the reclusive Buddhist masters living in scattered retreats dotting China's Zhongnan mountain range. These peaks have reputedly been home to reclusive monks since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago. It was widely thought that the tradition was all but wiped out, but this remarkable film emphatically and beautifully shows otherwise."

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How to Cook Your Life

Zen priest gives bread-making its rise.

By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

"How to Cook Your Life" is an unexpectedly charming and enlightening film, a documentary that makes the most of the intersection of Zen Buddhism and cooking in the life of Edward Espe Brown.

A Zen priest and chef, Brown is best known as the author of 1970's landmark "The Tassajara Bread Book," a volume that introduced an entire generation to the joys of baking. German director Doris Dörrie took a cooking class from Brown and was captivated enough to want to film his thoughts on connecting the way you cook food with the way you live your life. It was an inspired idea. For besides being an artist with bread, Brown turns out to be a great raconteur with a puckish sense of humor and a sly look in his eye who couldn't be more of a treat to hang out with.

Most of the time.

Neither the director nor Brown shies away from the chef's temper and his other foibles. Shown beginning a class in Austria, he confesses to being "a little excited and a little anxious. 'You've been doing Zen for 40 years and you're anxious, what's your problem?' I'm a human being."

This pleasing candor is a hallmark of Brown, who dates his interest in homemade bread to a visit to an aunt when he was 10. "I wondered, 'What's happened in our culture, what went wrong, that we are eating this manufactured bread?' "

Brown studied Zen under Suzuki Roshi, shown in archival footage, who was a founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and one of the key figures in introducing the practice to this country. When Brown became a chef, Roshi's advice was, " 'When you wash the rice, wash the rice.' Don't go through the motions, don't have stuff on your mind."

These kinds of thoughts recur frequently in Brown's cooking talks. He laments our disconnection from the physical world, the way we "give away our capacity to do things with our hands and our bodies that make us feel human." In cooking, "hands get to be hands, to do something."

Brown's great ability to impart teachings while talking about food means that when the film wanders away from him, as it does from time to time, you wish it wouldn't. He's that engaging a presence, and this lively, thoughtful film shows us why.

"How to Cook Your Life." MPAA rating: PG-13 for brief strong language. Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes.

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Ajahn Chah's biography is now available on YouTube, narrated by Ajahn Jayasaro - all four hours of it.

"In this series Tan Ajahn Jayasaro tells the life story of Ajahn Cha. Ajahn Jayasaro has researched Ajahn Cha's life for many years and authored an influential , 'official' biography of Ajahn Cha in Thai on request of Thai senior monks which, however, has never been translated into English.

These informal recordings at his hermitage attempt to provide some insights into the origins and development of one of the most influential Buddhist meditation masters of the 20th century who continues to affect the lives of meditators around the world.

We will keep adding clips to this series until April 2008."

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I found a great DVD Thai comedy called "The Holy Man" it also has english sub titles.

Edited by IMChris

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Dhamma Brothers

(2008)

Rated: Not Rated

Runtime: 76 mins

Theatrical Release: Apr 11, 2008 Limited

Synopsis:

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison—the end of the line in Alabama’s correctional system—is forever changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a... [More]

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison—the end of the line in Alabama’s correctional system—is forever changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), “gives you hope for the human race."

more at http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dhamma_brothers/#synopsis

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