no borders

Posted on mrt 4, 2020

Als een gewoon mens ontwaakt,
noemen we die een Boeddha.

En als een Boeddha in slaap valt,
noemen we die een gewoon mens.



zen for nothing

Posted on okt 9, 2019

Een film van Werner Penzel: Het leven in een Japans zenklooster gedurende drie seizoenen. De Zwitserse novice Sabine arriveert in Antaiji en begint, na een kort welkom, de kloosterregels te leren. Het leven bestaat niet alleen uit meditatie, landbouw en onderhoud, er zijn ook picknicks en er is muziek en wifi. Citaten van wijlen Antaiji-abt Kodo Sawaki (1880-1965)  zijn verwerkt in de deze documentaire. –

film kijken

Het klooster, gerund door een Berlijnse priester die op zijn zachtst gezegd atypisch is, lijkt een toevluchtsoord voor reizigers op zoek naar spiritualiteit. Maar als je goed kijkt wordt wat in eerste instantie een oase lijkt in het midden van de natuur langzaam maar zeker een plek waar mensen proberen te boeten voor hun zonden. Niet in staat zich te bevrijden van hun consumenten gedrag worden de kloostergasten gekweld, op zoek naar iets zonder naam of vorm, waarvan zij weten dat het hen kan redden. Een illusie waarvan ze zich realiseren dat deze botst met de oplossing die door veel new age goeroes verkocht wordt. Tussen de reflecties op het zijn, van de zenfilosofie en het alledaagse, portretteert Zen for Nothing een buitengewone hedendaagse mensheid, universeel in zijn onvolkomenheden. –


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. –

80 min
France, 2017
French, with English subtitles

Followed by a Panel on Inter-being

EYE Amsterdam
Sunday September 29th
Cinema 2

– 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


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. –

84 min
USA, 2019
English, and English subtitles

Followed by a Q & A with director Luke Fitch.

EYE Amsterdam
Saturday September 28th
Cinema 2

– 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

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.”- 

Buddhist Film Festival Europe @EYE Amsterdam: 28,29 & 30 september

Posted on sep 8, 2018

The theme for BFFE 2018 will be ‘Radical Presence’.

Angel Kyodo Williams will visit the festival and there will be a special focus on women. Check for updates about the opening film, the program and the special event on the website of BFFE 2018!

In the 13th Buddhist Film Festival Europe, under the direction of Babeth M. VanLoo, Buddhism, film, art and culture are brought together. This heart-warming meeting of people who are inspired by a careful selection of spiritual films, panels and art, will take place again this year in the beautiful space of the film museum EYE. Nothing gives more energy than feeling connected to a community of inspiring filmmakers and film-lovers in such a perfect location.

The Buddhist Film Festival Europe (BFFE) is a unique showcase for films and projects, panels and art that highlights the Buddhist culture of training in non-violence and altruism. For more than ten years, we have contributed with films and speakers to the growth of mindfulness, aiming at the creation of a more compassionate society.

The BFFE desperately needs your support to keep organising this special festival over and over again without a structural subsidy.

Join the BFFE membership community @

sri ramana maharshi

Posted on aug 15, 2018

What is there essentially is the Self, the reality in which appears you and the world. And so long as you imagaine that you’re in a body looking at the world you’re going to suffer. … Once you get rid of the person inside who looks outside at something, then you find your own natural state. [47:19]

Documentary on the great Indian sage Sri Ramana Maharshi. Released publicly on 25th May 2018. If you enjoyed the film donations can be made via to fund future productions.