BuddhaFest - A Film Festival for Heart & Mind. June 14-17 at Artisphere
Four days of films, talks, meditation and live music, celebrating the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and compassion. Featuring a concert by renowned kirtan musician Krishna Das. Special appearance by one of the leading figures of the consciousness movement, Ram Dass.
Now in its third year, BuddhaFest focuses on the profound effects that meditation and mindfulness are having on society. Six films and 14 speakers explore how mindfulness is informing our approach to neuroscience, the environment, social issues, personal relationships, psychology and politics. Speakers include Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Congressman Tim Ryan, Rick Hanson, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg & many others.
Films include “Connected,” a creative tour de force that is both touching and humorous, the film looks at our relationship with technology and the ways we are all connected; the premiere of “When the Iron Bird Flies” about the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in the West and “Buddha’s Los Children” about a Thai monk who is a fierce and transformative presence in the lives of the young boys he’s taken under his care. Also screening is “Bodhisattva” a rarely seen film about the 17th Karmapa, one of Tibet’s highest spiritual figures.
The Alchemy of Transformation: Awakening our Hearts, Healing our World
A rare opportunity to see a leading spiritual teacher and a U.S. congressman sit down and discuss mindfulness together. Tara Brach discusses how the power of mindfulness can free our hearts and bring intimacy and transformation to our closest relationships. Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation, talks about the power that mindfulness has to transform our society. He is an outspoken advocate of mindfulness as a practice that can contribute to solutions for some of the country's complex problems, and he discusses many of the exciting ways in which that's being done.
“The Sacred Earth, Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Planet.” Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, this program explores the practice of mindfulness as a healing tool for the individual and the Earth.
This is a festival for everyone who thinks that encouraging compassion and mindfulness in the world is a good idea. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to find a sense of community and connection at BuddhaFest.
The festival is sponsored by Tricycle.com, the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA.
2 Blocks from Rosslyn Metro, Free Parking
Just minutes from Downtown DC
Tickets & Details: www.buddhafest.org
A fantastic time of year to visit is the spring when the Nation's Capital blossoms with tiny pink and white flowers.