Just a reminder for those who are interested that the MFA will be showing multiple screenings of the stunning Yatra Trilogy, which explores Buddhism in its various contexts across Asia.
Dharma River: Journey of a Thousand Buddhas (The Spiritual Wonders of, and Burma)
Saturday, April 14 — 3:45pm
Thursday, April 26 — 6:20pm
Saturday, April 28 — 12:30pm
Dharma River: Journey of a Thousand Buddhas by John Bush (2004, 81 min.). Dharma is the Sanskrit word for universal law. Essential to Buddhist understanding, dharma is the natural order, a living truth, and a force for awakening. Dharma River is a lyrical and exquisite sensory journey through Southeast Asia’s great spiritual and cultural treasures. Visiting the legendary lost civilizations and living wisdom traditions of, , and Burma, Dharma River powerfully conveys their continuing relevance for contemporary audiences. Ancient temples, mystical landscapes, and wondrous shrines-many of them UNESCO world heritage sites-provide a rich visual tapestry. With a score of rare classical Southeast Asian music, this visual voyage masterfully illuminates artistic and devotional traditions. From the canals of to the mountains of , from the golden pagodas of Burma to the , the film is a unique experience of sacred space.
Prajna Earth: Journey into Sacred Nature (The Spiritual Wonders of, , and Java)
Saturday, April 14 — 5:30pm
Thursday, April 26 — 8:00pm
Saturday, April 28 — 2:15pm
Prajna Earth: Journey into Sacred Nature by John Bush (2004, 85 min.). Filmed entirely on location in Southeast Asia, the second film of the Yatra Trilogy is a stunning cinematic journey to the legendary temples of Angkor in, the spiritual sites of , and finally the marvel of Buddhist Borobudur in Java. Prajna Earth is a pilgrimage to sacred intersections where Buddhist and Hindu wisdom traditions merge with the animist worship of nature. Monks and nuns travel on foot for days to reach a full moon gathering near , the largest temple in the world. The dance of the Devatas celebrates the rebirth of this classic art form within the cultural healing of war torn . As the journey moves to Bali, gamelan music, Ramayana dance, and lively street processions echo through the hill town of . In Java, a night of animist trance dance and spirit possession is followed by a golden dawn and ascent up the startling seven level stupa of Borobudur.
Vajra Sky over Tibet
Saturday, April 14 — 7:15pm
Friday, April 27 — 6:15pm
Saturday, April 28 — 4:00pm
Vajra Sky Over Tibet by John Bush (2006, 89 min.). Vajra is the thunderbolt of awakening that cuts through delusion. It is the indestructible power of truth at the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. Filmed in Central Tibet, Vajra Sky is a cinematic pilgrimage offering a direct experience of some of the most revered temples, monasteries, and festivals still surviving. The vastness of snow mountains, rushing rivers, and turquoise lakes leads the journey westward to the holy sites of Shigatse and Gyantse. Returning to, the luminous faces of pilgrims in front of the legendary Jokhang Temple glow in the flicker of butter lamp offerings. The empty windows and doors of the traditional homes of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the Potala and Norbulinka, signal his painful absence. Yet the exuberant blossoms of the Summer Palace hold the promise of natural cycles of return. During the colorful Drepung Monastery festival, a giant scroll painting of the Buddha covers a mountain as spiritually famished Chinese join with the multitude of Tibetan pilgrims. Director present Apr 14.
All three films will be shown in the Remis Auditorium.
MFA members, seniors, and students $8; general