augustus 2019

Buddhist Film Festival Europe @EYE Amsterdam: 27, 28 & 29 september

Posted on aug 16, 2019

Every year the BFFE takes place in the beautiful Eye Filmmuseum, under the direction of Babeth M. VanLoo. During this 14th Buddhist Film Festival, Buddhist values, art and culture are again brought together through film. To be together around films, panel discussions with experts and the integration of altruistic values in our society are central.

It is with great joy that we announce a glimpse of programming of the 14th edition.

Zen will be represented by a memorial homage to Bernie Glassman, and a new documentary entitled: ‘Zen in the West: Peace in Troubled Times’.

During our Special Event on Sunday afternoon we present a.o. filmmakers Ritu Sarin (India) and Tenzin Sonam (Tibet), who also are the Artists in Focus in this year’s festival. Internationally acclaimed, their biography includes numerous fiction films, documentaries and video installations. Their newest fiction film ‘Sweet Requiem’ will be shown as well as their installation ‘Shadow Circus’, one of the highlights at this year’s Expanded Program @ Berlinale.

Bhutan will be represented with the fiction film ‘Red Phallus’ and the documentary ‘Visions of a Teacher’ about Khyentse Norbu, a reincarnate Buddhist teacher as well as Bhutanese filmmaker in his own right of films that all have been presented at earlier BFFE, such as ‘The Cup’ (Palme d’Or, Cannes), ‘Vara’, ‘Hema Hema’ and ‘Travellers & Magicians’.

German filmmaker Clemens Kuby, internationally awarded filmdirector who made among others the visually stunning ‘Living Buddha’, will present his newest film that was 15 years in the making: Reincarnation – Looking For a Sign.

Art and contemplation from Buryatia are shared in the stunning film ‘Darkhan’. –


de dood onder ogen zien

Posted on aug 12, 2019

In het voorjaar van 1992 werd Mimi Maréchal ziek. Ze aanvaardde haar situatie en de lichamelijke klachten in de daaropvolgende drie jaar met verbazingwekkende kalmte. Men zei haar wel eens:

‘Zen helpt je vast om de dood onder ogen te zien.’

Mimi antwoordde dan:

‘Nee, dat doet het niet, maar het onder ogen zien van de dood helpt me om zen te beoefenen.’