Held in Arlington, VA, Buddhafest (June 14-17) is billed as a festival of heart and mind. Activities will include the screening of movies, discussions, meditations, and music. Reading through the descriptions of the movies was both exciting (there are some great and unique offerings here) and sad (because I’m not going to be there).

So what will you see if you’re able to go?

The festival opens with Connected.  In this age of the internet, what does it mean to be connected? How does it affect us? Is it a good or bad thing? It seems to ask the cutting edge questions we’re all pondering and wondering about. It sounds like this film would make  a great jumping off point for discussion with friends and family.

In Buddha’s Lost Children, we journey to Thailand and follow a dedicated monk in his quest to help neglected boys become novices.

The Sufi word for “breath of life” is Baraka. This movie is described as a cinematic guided meditation and may best be experienced rather than written about.

When the Iron Bird Flies follows the path of Tibetan Buddhism from its secluded origins into mainstream western culture and asks if those ancient teachings can help us find happiness in a modern world.  

The life and journey of His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa is outlined in Bodhisattva. The Karmapa is an important Tibetan Buddhist leader who is viewed as the most likely interim successor to the Dalai Lama.

The movie Ram Dass- Fierce Guru is a tribute to the noted spiritual teacher and author of the influential book Be Here Now. The movie follows Ram Dass’ journey after a massive stroke.

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