Starting on Monday, June 17, Tricycle will be home to the Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival. This year's festivities will include six new Buddhist films, six interviews with the films' directors, and six dharma talks with leading Buddhist teachers! We'll also be showing footage from the live BuddhaFest event, June 20-23 in Washington, D.C., and a special encore of past BuddhaFest dharma talks and discussions.
A brief overview of the films:
Sacred Earth: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Planet | Sharon Salzberg
The Power of Grace: A Tribute to Ram Dass | Krishna Das
The Alchemy of Transformation: Awakening Our Hearts, Healing Our World | Tim Ryan
THE FILMS: June 24 - July 28
Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture | Directed by Dafna Yachin
June 24 - July 8
Digital Dharma uncovers E. Gene Smith's 50-year journey to find, preserve, and digitize more than 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text.
YangsiYangsi | Directed by Mark Elliott
July 1 - July 15
Jigme Lhundrup is the "Yangsi," the reincarnation of the greatly revered Tibetan Buddhist spiritual master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He must train to uphold this legacy from the age of four. Even with the loving support of his teachers and family, the way forward is not always clear.
This Dewdrop World | Directed by Elizabeth Thompson
July 8 - July 22
This Dewdrop World is a lyrical essay documentary that interweaves two unfolding stories—a dying mother, an unraveling planet—illuminating the poetic resonance between the fleeting, dewdrop nature of a single life and a parallel, though largely unseen, story of planetary loss.
The Highest Pass | Directed by Jon Fitzgerald
July 15 - July 28
Soon after Adam Schomer meets a modern yogi and guru, Anand Mehrotra, they plan a motorcycle expedition through the highest passes of the Himalayas in Northern India. These riders and Adam, who learned to ride two weeks before the trip, are guided by the inspiring teachings of Anand, who bears the burden of a Vedic prophecy that predicts he will die in his late twenties in an accident. He is that age now.
An Uncommon King | Directed by Johanna Lunn
July 15 - July 28
“We are being brought up in a culture that is saying, ‘You’re selfish, and that’s human nature.’ If humanity does not look inward and feel their basic goodness, then the future is very bleak indeed.”
Those are the words of Mipham Rinpoche, a Tibetan spiritual leader in the Shambhala tradition who seeks to end aggression in the world. His father, renowned Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, trained him to follow in his footsteps. Shot over 17 years in Tibet, India, China, Europe and North America.
Tears of the BuddhaTears of the Buddha | Directed by Joel Lesko
July 22 - July 28
Tears of the Buddha: Spirituality and Emotions explores the spiritual path through the lens of emotion. Director Joel Lesko interviews modern Buddhistic teachers to find out how their teachings apply in daily life—are emotions an impediment to spiritual growth?
THE DHARMA TALKS:
Robert Thurman & Sharon Salzberg
Buddhism: A Joyous Science of Kindness and Wisdom
The Buddha discovered that the path to happiness flowed out of understanding the reality of our lives, such as our interconnection with all other beings.
Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan
Awakening Our Compassion: The Heart Practice of Tonglen
In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves. Tonglen is a powerful and liberating practice where we breathe in the pain and suffering of others and breathe out relief and happiness.
Warriors of Wisdom: Awakening to Authentic Power
"The times we are living in require a warrior consciousness. A warrior is not one who is violent, or ready to take up weapons. The only warrior worth calling a warrior is a being who has come to a deep state of nonviolence —a warrior of wisdom."
Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni and Ruth King
Fierce Compassion and Daring Hearts
What could be better than sitting with a teacher you love—how about sitting with two of them? Ruth King was a favorite with the BuddhaFest audience in 2011. Last year, the Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni was electrifying.
Sharon Salzberg and Marianne Elliott
Cultivating Courage and Resilience for a Well-Lived Life
Doing good, creating change and being well takes clarity, courage, and compassion. We're all capable of great things when we find our own authentic and unique place in the world. We all have a role to play in bringing about a kinder, safer world.
The Four Agreements: Personal Transformation on the Toltec Path
HeatherAsh Amara explores the four agreements—with ourselves, with other people, with God, and with life—that are rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs.