Buddha’s Birthday Bash – Two Films, Poetry, Music, and Birthday CakeUSA | 2012 | Not Rated | Documentary
Friday May 17, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$10 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center
To celebrate Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha birthday this year on May 17th, the Film Center is collaborating with a number of individuals and organizations to present two films that deal with the teachings of Buddhism in the West.
Our program will begin at 4:00 pm with the screening of
Crazy Wisdom explores the story of Chogyam Trungpa, the brilliant “bad boy of Buddhism,” who was pivotal in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Trungpa shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave. Born in Tibet, recognized as an exceptional reincarnate lama and trained in the rigorous monastic tradition, Trungpa fled his homeland during the Chinese Communist invasion. In Britain, realizing a cultural gap prevented his students from any deep understanding of Buddhism, he renounced his vows, eloped with a sixteen year-old, and lived as a westerner. In the U.S., he openly drank alcohol and had intimate relations with students. Was this Crazy Wisdom?
6:00 PM AN INTERMISSION BETWEEN FILMS OF MUSIC, BEVERAGES, AND CAKE.
At 7:30 pm we’ll screen the film:
WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES:
Elliott Dacher and Amber Bemak (co-producer) will be hosting a dialogue after the evening showing of “When the Iron Bird Flies.
WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world’s great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. Along the way, the film tackles the provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators now at the heart of the emergence of a genuine Western tradition of Buddhism.