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Lama Tsony speaks to us about the film and the concept of Crazy Wisdom. Drawing inspiration from the film's subject, the great teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Lama Tsony shows us the value and necessity of seeking freedom from "the system" and traditions that may no longer serve our current conditions. Rather than revolution for the sake of revolution, Lama Tsony is teaching evolution for the sake of the world.

As a Buddhist monk for over 25 years, Lama Tsony completed two traditional 3-year retreats under the great meditation master Lama Gendun Rinpoche. For 15 years he was the Abbot of Kundrel Ling Monastery in France where hundreds of other Westerners have also completed 3-year retreats.

Since 1999 he has been teaching at the Bodhi Path centers under the spiritual guidance of Shamar Rinpoche. In 2005 he began the transfer of his responsibilities in the monastic community in order to foster the growing Bodhi Path projects. Now a lay teacher, Lama Tsony devotes his time to teaching Tibetan Buddhism and meditation practice throughout Europe and the U.S.


90 min.


In this dharma talk and meditation, Rudy Bauer guides us in the practice of becoming aware of the field of awareness. As we more fully inhabit this field, we more fully experience not only our own true nature, but also the continuous benefit of true peace. 

Rudolph Bauer, Ph.D. ABPP is Co-Director of The Washington Center for Consciousness Studies and editor of Transmission: The Journal of the Awareness Field. He has had the good fortune of studying for many years with many Masters of Dzogchen, Kashmir Shavism and Daoist Qi Gong. 

He is also a psychotherapist phenomenologist who articulates Dzogchen understanding and practice within the context of phenomenology.  

He is Co-Director of The Washington Center for Consciousness Studies, where he teaches seminars in non dual psychotherapy and Dzogchen awareness meditation. 

180 Min.


Love--The Ultimate Medicine

Einstein writes that "the most important decision any of us can ever make is that this world is a friendly place."  Is this true?  What allows us to trust in the power and presence of love?  

In this talk, Tara Brach explores the trance that obscures our intrinsic belonging, and the practices that reveal our shining, beautiful hearts.

Garchen Rinpoche of FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS serves as an inspiration as Tara Brach explores how we deepen our love for ourselves and others. We then present the World Premiere of FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS. 

Director Christina Lundberg will be with us to share her experiences in making the film, and she'll take questions from the audience.

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana, also called mindfulness or insight meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. 

Tara is a peace activist and an engaged Buddhist.  She is co-founder of the Washington, DC Buddhist Peace Fellowship. A clinical psychologist, she is the author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha.  Her upcoming book, True Refuge - Three Gateways to a Fearless Heart will be published by Bantam in 2012.

Tara is nationally known for her skill in weaving western psychological wisdom with a range of meditative practices. Her approach emphasizes compassion for oneself and others, mindful presence and the direct realization and embodiment of natural awareness.



Since she began teaching 25 years ago, Roshi Enkyo has fostered the imperative of social engagement in the practice of Zen Buddhism at her center in New York City. The question of what to do with all those “hands and eyes” points us to the heart of the matter: how do we fully engage in our life, which is also the life of the world?

How do our Buddhist teachings and practices lead us naturally to a life that actively engages the world around us?Roshi will discuss such dangers on the path as infatuation with other-worldliness, the illusion of separateness, and self-centered practice. How can we move into a more skillful understanding of the teachings? How can we be aware, courageous and wise?

First we engage the here and now; the awareness of the suffering around us, and specific remedies that we can offer such as listening, holding a hand, serving food, tutoring, offering work. Then, with the insights that arise out of this, we begin to recognize the broader social structure that brings the present suffering into being.  And we find ways to change them. 

Roshi will offer a dharma teaching, exercises and meditations as methods of inquiring into what stops us from active engagement.

90 min.

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Jack Kornfield says “King has articulated the painful history, patterns and traps of a raging heart, and offers the skillful means for liberation in their very midst. This is revolutionary work.”If you haven’t spent time with Ruth King, you should!  As a facilitator, coach, consultant, and scholar of indigenous wisdom, Ruth helps provide us with a unique understanding of what it means to be emotionally wise. With the skill of a shaman, she weaves together influences from depth psychology, mindfulness principles, neurobiology and genealogy, as she helps us enhance our own emotional awareness and moral consciousness. One of the most profound aspects of this session will be how she helps us work with rage as a powerful healing force in our lives.

Ruth King, MA, has done pioneering work in the area of emotional wisdom. She is the author of the groundbreaking book Healing Rage - Women Making Inner Peace Possible, as well as Soothing the Inner Flames of Rage - Meditations That Educate the Heart and Transform the Mind. Weaving depth psychology, mindfulness principles, reflective cognition, neurobiology, metaphysics, and geneology, King provides methods that enhance self awareness; social skills that foster a wholesome mind, intellectual confidence, moral consciousness and humility; and ambition that leaves good legacy.Ruth has studied Therevada and Mahayana traditions since 1992, and received Dzogchen tramsmission in 2006 from lineage holder Cecile Mchardy -- fondly known as The Friendly Dragon. She is a life coach, retreat leader and consultant to organizations.  

150 min.


An amazing thing is happening to us.  This July, HH the Dalai Lama will be performing the rare public initiation called The Kalachakra for Peace.  It's a 12-day spiritual conclave that revolves around the creation of a sacred sand mandala which embodies a multi-dimensional realm of being.  The Dalai Lama performs this incredible initiation as a way to sow the seed of enlightenment on a mass scale in order to "turn the wheel," recalibrate, and move forward to a new time.Thousands of monks and pilgrims from all over the world will arrive in Washington, DC to be part of this very special moment.  For many, the trip is a joyous yet arduous undertaking, involving long travel as well as financial and physical hardships.  Those of us living in this area are blessed to already be here.In the spirit of Kalachakra, Hugh Byrne will speak to us about cultivating inner peace so that we can act as agents of peace in a new and changing world. Your ticket includes Hugh's teaching & meditation, as well as a discussion on the upcoming Kaklchakra, and the film WHEEL OF TIME.

Hugh Byrne, Ph. D. has studied and practiced Buddhism in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He completed a four-year teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society led by Jack Kornfield. He is a co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington. He is a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and has served on its board since 2003.  Hugh has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and in Somatic Experiencing, a mind/body approach to healing trauma. He has a law degree from London University and a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and has worked extensively on issues of human rights.


Closing Session
Film WITH ONE VOICE, Discussion and Q&A With Filmmaker
165 min.

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Sharon leads a meditation and talk on our shared experience as human beings in search of real happiness.  The evening includes a screening of the powerful and moving film WITH ONE VOICE.  Contemporary mystics and teachers share their common vision of our human essence in this groundbreaking documentary that received two prestigous Telly Awards.Filmmaker Matt Flickstein will be with us to share the incredible spiritual journey that led him to make this film, and he'll answer questions from the audience. We'll then have an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and connect one last time with community as BuddhaFest 2011 comes to a close. 

Sharon Salzberg is one of the leading meditation and spiritual teachers in the world. She co-founded the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and is the author of eight books, including the just-released Real Happiness, which debuted on the New York Times extended bestseller list at #15.  Sharon is a frequent writer on The Huffington Post and has been a contributing editor at O, The Oprah Magazine.  She divides her time between Barre, Massachusetts, home of the Insight Meditation Society, and New York City. Sharon is a teacher of Asian meditation practices, focusing on vipassana and brahmavihara meditations. Along with Joseph Goldstein, she also co-founded the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and The Forest Refuge as a long-term meditation retreat center.