september 2019

BFFE | The intelligence of trees

Posted on sep 26, 2019

A German forester, Peter Wohlleben, has observed that where he comes from, trees communicate with one another, care with love for their young, their elders, and their neighbors in case of illness. He wrote the worldwide bestseller ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ (over 2 million copies were sold) that filled nature lovers with wonder. His assertions were confirmed by scientists from the University of British Columbia in Canada, who also appear in the film. This documentary reveals the meticulous and thrilling work of these scientists, which is essential in order to understand interactions among trees as well as the consequences of this discovery. This knowledge will change the way you look at life, trees and forests. – bffe.eu

80 min
France, 2017
French, with English subtitles

Followed by a Panel on Inter-being

EYE Amsterdam
Sunday September 29th
Cinema 2
11:45

– Dutch premiere – 

Directors: Julia Dordel, Guido Tölke, Jan Roeloffs | With: Peter Wohlleben, Suzanne Simard, Teresa Ryan, Monika A. Gorzelak, Amanda Asay, Julia Amerongen Maddison | Camera: Tom Roeloffs, Florian Millot | Editor: Florian Millot | Production: Jupiter Communications | Music licensed at Media Music Now, Premium Beat

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zijn we nog compleet?

Posted on sep 25, 2019

[D]e geschiedenis heeft een stadium bereikt, waarin de morele mens, de complete mens, bijna zonder het in de gaten te hebben steeds verder inschikt om ruimte te maken voor de … commerciële mens, de mens met beperkte doelstellingen. Dit proces, dat gesteund wordt door de prachtige vorderingen van de natuurwetenschap, neemt gigantische proporties aan en verwerft zich een enorme kracht, en leidt daardoor tot een verstoring van het morele evenwicht van de mens, doordat zijn menselijke zijde steeds meer aan het zicht onttrokken wordt door de schaduw van zielloze organisatie.

Rabidranath Tagore, Nationalism, 1917

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BFFE | docu: Zen and the West – Finding Peace in Troubled Times

Posted on sep 9, 2019

Follow along as we travel to Canada, Japan, The Philippines, Europe and the U.S.A., visiting Zen Masters, scientists, politicians, Christians, atheists, and celebrities exploring the questions: What is Zen? What is Awakening/Enlightenment? Is Zen a Religion? How does Science view Zen? What does Awakening look like in everyday life? This feature documentary looks at these questions in the context of a social landscape marked by separation and divisive rhetoric. – bffe.eu

84 min
USA, 2019
English, and English subtitles

Followed by a Q & A with director Luke Fitch.

EYE Amsterdam
Saturday September 28th
Cinema 2
19:00

– Sneak Preview – 

Director / camera / editor: Daniel Luke Fitch | With: Migaku Sato Roshi, Yamada Ryoun Roshi, Henry Shukman Roshi, Jeremy Irons, David Loy, Brian Chisholm, Dr. Richard Davidson, Bernie Glassman, Elaine MacIness, Joan Halifax | Narrator: Jeremy Irons | Music score: John McCarthy | Producer: Christopher Hebard | Production Company: Stillness Speaks

gras en bloemen

Posted on sep 8, 2019

Alle gedachten
uitgeput
ga ik het woud in
en verzamel
de schat van de herder.
(gras en bloemen)
Zoals het beekje
een weg zoekt
door mossige geultjes,
zo word ook ik
stilletjes
helder
en transparant.

Ryōkan

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

Posted on sep 1, 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. This years theme is IDENTITY.

“Yes, our films will address that in a diversity of approach and genre, from workshops on the Wisdom of Medicine or the Intelligence of Trees, a quest for Reincarnation (‘Who was I? Who am I? Who will I be?’), to a memorial homage for Bernie Glassman; with a special event and films on Tibet, the magical world of Bhutan, the unknown tradition of passionate music monks of China, East meets West, a window into the shamanist and Buddhist art of Buryatia, on a trekking path of the Buddha in India, Art in Focus, and the wisdom of Zen and Buddhist teachers that can help us live our lives in contentment.”- bffe.eu