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Film about Buddhist monk, Ven. Dhammanando, who decides to disrobe and get married after sixteen years of monkhood, and then after four years becomes ordained again. Filmed for over ten years.

 

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In the borderlands of Thailand's Golden Triangle, a rugged region known for its drug smuggling and impoverished hill tribes, one monk devotes himself to the welfare of the region's children. 'Buddha's Lost Children' gives the term "grassroots Buddhism" new meaning, and in the end it's the children's journey we share, - their transformation from neglected village boys to self-confident novices.

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Incredibly rare footage of Mahasi Sayadaw, who revitalized a style of Vipassana mediation in Burma during the 1970s, influencing well over one million people in Southeast Asia. This footage also shows footage of Sayadaw's main disciple U Silanada, and some of the first Westerners to bring Theravadin Buddhism to the the West including Jack Kornfield, Alan Clements, Joseph Goldstein, and the Indian Anagarika Munindra. This is an essential link in the transmission of the history as Asian thought into Western culture, and ultimately the American arts. Also included is the opening of a meditation retreat at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts with Mahasi Sayadaw and his monks, hosted by Jack Kornfield. This includes opening instructions, and actual meditation interviews with Sayadaw.

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 The Dharma Bum is a feature length, part animated, documentary film telling the tantalising true story of Laurence Carroll.

        Carroll was born in Dublin in the year 1856, spent his early life as an alcoholic hobo drifter as he bummed his way across the USA.

        This atheist, activist worked the shipping route from San Francisco to Japan until he found himself on the beach, hungover and homeless after being kicked off the vessel for drunk and disorderly conduct.

        He eventually made his way to Burma, where he was taken in by local Buddhist monks, dried out and after five years as an apprentice became the first white man to ever don the saffron robes of a Buddhist monk changing his name to U Dhammaloka.

See also: http://dhammalokaproject.wordpress.com/

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This exquisite documentary explores the world of forest-dwelling Theravadan monks at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. Abhayagiri (“Fearless Mountain” in Pali) is a community of monks who follow the precepts originally set down by Buddha. An inspirational film that captures the heart of inquiry as well as the beauty and simplicity of a Buddhist lifestyle.

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Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage.

In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sri Lanka, was troubled by power-hungry forces from within and from outside. A severe drought assailed the land for twelve unbroken years. Monks who perpetuated Buddha’s word by oral tradition, could not survive.

The monks were troubled both by the enemy and the famine. In the dark days, the loyal subjects protected their King. Enemy leaders killed each other for power and wealth. Well armed, the King dealt a deadly blow and regained the rule. In peace and prosperity, the monks facing the challenge wrote down the oral tradition. The Buddha’s compassionate teaching became an irreducible component of the whole of human culture.