Thursday, June 11 2015
7pm - 9:30pm

Opening Night Talk + Film 


Sharon Salzberg, founder of Insight Meditation Society

Ali Smith, Atman Smith and Andres Gonzalez, co-founders of the Holistic Life Foundation of Baltimore

Bringing Our Practice
Out into the World: Lessons from Baltimore

 - A Conversation with Sharon, Ali, Atnam and Andres

"I am so inspired by Ali, Atman and Andy's work in Baltimore. They are the epitome of challenging injustice with love."    - Sharon Salzberg

The Holistic Life Foundation is bringing mindfulness and yoga to the inner city of Baltimore, including to youth and the elderly. Sharon and the founders discuss taking our practice off the cushion and engaging the world with it.

Followed by the Washington, DC Premiere
of the award-winning film LOVE THY NATURE,
narrated by Liam Neeson

Director Sylvie Rokab is present for a Q&A after the film.

LOVE THY NATURE, narrated by Liam Neeson, is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. With mesmerizing artistry and fascinating details, the film explores how nature nourishes us.

The film shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet while revealing how a deeper connection with nature transforms us as people and communities. And that transformation inspires us not only to restore our ecosystems, but also our human family, and ourselves.

Watch Trailer Here

Friday, June 12 2015

You can buy individual tickets for the concert or film, or a Friday Night Pass for both.

Buy Friday Night Passes Here
 7pm - 8:30pm

Gaura Vani + the Juggernauts in Concert - A beautiful evening of song and chant

8:45pm - 10:30pm

Film DHARMA RISING   The East Coast Premiere

The film features Jack Kornfield, Robert Thurman, Jan Willis, Stephen Batchelor, Alan Wallace, Tsultrim Allione and other Buddhist dharma teachers.

Directed by David Cherniack.

Watch Trailer Here

 Saturday, June 13 2015

10am - 12:30pm

Talk and Film with Matthieu Ricard

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World - a talk by Matthieu Ricard

Followed by the film, THE DEVOTION OF MATTHIEU RICARD, and a Q&A with Matthieu.

Film directed by Babeth VanLoo
and George Schouten

12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Lunch Break

1:30pm - 3pm 

How Mindfulness is Transforming Workplaces

Presented by the Mindful Leadership Summit ,  which is being held November 6-8 in Arlington, VA. Click for info about the November Summit.

A talk by New York Times writer David Gelles about his new book, Mindful Work. David then does one-on-one interviews with longtime meditation teacher George Mumford, mindfulness trainer for the New York Knicks (formerly with the World Champion LA Lakers and Chicago Bulls), and author of the new book, The Mindful Athlete: Secrets of Pure Performance; and Mark Tercek, President & CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the world's largest environmental organization.

One of the most surprising and promising trends in business today is the rise of mindfulness in the workplace. David, who has a longtime meditation practice, reveals what companies and other organizations around the country are doing to incorporate mindfulness at work, and discusses the results that is having on people's well-being and organizations' bottom lines.

3:30pm - 5:30pm 

Dakini Power: Extraordinary Women Shaping Tibetan Buddhism in the West - a talk by Michaela Haas.

Followed by the Washington, DC Premiere of KHANDRO: A WOMAN'S PATH OF PEACE.

KHANDRO: A WOMAN'S PATH OF PEACE portrays the life of Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, who is a rare example of a woman lama in Tibetan Buddhism.

Watch Trailer Here

In her talk before the film, Michaela Haas honors the lives and accomplishments of some of the most influential female pioneers of Buddhism in the West with an engaging slide show. Dakini is a Sanskrit word meaning female messenger of wisdom. The women featured in Dakini Power —contemporary teachers such as Pema Chodron, Khandro Rinpoche, Tenzin Palmo, and others—followed their intuition against all odds, made dramatic and unusual decisions, and sometimes had to fight for their survival in order to lead the lives they envisioned.

All were criticized—for being too conservative or too rebellious, too feminist or not feminist enough—yet they pulled through with immense determination and bravery. Today all are recognized as accomplished practitioners and brilliant teachers. What can we learn from these women? How do they deal with the more controversial aspects of Buddhism? What did they find on their journey? These absorbing, personal and provocative accounts provide surprising insights into what this age-old tradition of wisdom can offer to modern seekers.

Film directed by Babeth VanLoo

5:30pm - 7pm
Dinner Break

7pm - 8:15pm 

Film ON MEDITATION    The East Coast Premiere

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Director Rebecca Dreyfus has assembled a series of beautiful, short, intimate portraits of ten people who have integrated meditation into their lives.

Watch Trailer Here

Featuring David Lynch, Peter Matthiessen, Sharon Salzberg, Congressman Tim Ryan, Mark Epstein, Russell Simmons, Arlene Shechet, Giancarlo Esposito, Elena Brower and Venerable Metteyya.


8:30pm - 10:30pm


Followed by a discussion with the director, Guy Reid; Zen Buddhist priest angel Kyodo williams Sensei, who appears in the film; and Kristin Barker, co-founder of the One Earth Sangha.

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PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wake-up call - a cross continental, cinematic journey that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, and to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us - to remember that we are PLANETARY.

Watch Trailer Here

Sunday, June 14 2015

10am - 11:30am

Film GIVING LIFE TO LIFE   The East Coast Premiere

A film about the inspiring life and influential work of Roshi Joan Halifax.

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Zen teacher, activist, anthropologist and author Joan Halifax has come to exemplify many of the developments in Buddhism in America. She is the founder of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, her base from which she travels extensively on teaching and humanitarian trips around the world, and she is a leader in working with people in the final phase of life. Filmed on location in New Mexico, Holland, Nepal and Germany.

Directed by Pat van Boeckel

11:30 am - 12:30pm .
Lunch Break

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Beloved Community: Healing What Separates Us

Tara Brach gives a talk, followed by a panel discussion that includes Tara, Zen priest angel Kyodo williams Sensei, Eleanor Hancock of White Awake and Femi Akinnagbe of Common Ground. Attendees then have an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings on this important topic.

In the spirit of MLK's vision of “beloved community", we look at how we can make our own Buddhist communities more inclusive. This program explores how issues of separate-ness connect deeply both with our collective spiritual journey, and with our own personal paths of awakening. What do the Buddha's teachings have to say about the causes of separate-ness? And how do we go about healing it?

"It’s the community’s job to figure out how we can stretch into the so-called margins to broaden our understanding and the ability to be inclusive. Inclusivity is not 'how do we make you a part of what we are?' but 'how do we become more of what you are?'...

"We have to get clear that an essential aspect of our practice is to shift these things internally for ourselves because our personal liberation, the very thing we come to the dharma for, is completely bound up in making these kinds of changes."

- angel Kyodo williams Sensei

Tara Brach opens the Beloved Community program with a talk:

The Trance of the Unreal Other

We move through daily life with conscious and unconscious judgments about most everyone we encounter.   Not only does this limit intimacy in our personal life, it is part of the collective trance that perpetuates racism, social inequity and war across the globe. Tara draws on her own experience in creating separation, and explores the meditation practices that can awaken our heart, create truly inclusive spiritual community and serve the healing of our world.

Following the Beloved Community session is a film that fits beautifully with the theme of the program - TANGERINES. See details below.

3pm - 4:30pm


Nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Picture

This Poetic Film Makes an Eloquent Statement for Peace

3.5 out of 4 Stars - The Washington Post

TANGERINES is a story of awakening humanity in the midst of wartime, told with intimacy and elegance.

See Film Description Here

4:45pm - 5:45pm

Embodied Life, Liberated Life: Manifesting Dharma Through Presence - A talk and experiential practices with angel Kyodo williams Sensei

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Studying the dharma is good. Practicing the dharma is essential. Embodying the dharma is profound. angel Sensei will open space for an engaging conversation and simple exercises that help us manifest the liberating power of the dharma through our very presence. Tap into the deep wisdom of the body to reveal your most powerful expression of the dharma, here and now.

5:45pm - 7pm
Dinner Break

7pm - 9pm

The Wisdom and Compassion of Thich Nhat Hanh

A celebration of the life of Thich Nhat Hanh. We look at the impact that Thay has had on Buddhism and the world, and lessons that he's shared with us.

The evening includes meditation, a dharma talk, reflections by two longtime students who have practiced with him, videos of Thay, live readings of his poetry, and singing.

We look at the impact that Thich Nhat Hanh has had on Buddhism and the world, and explore lessons that he’s shared with us. The evening includes meditation, reflections by longtime students who have practiced with him, videos of Thay, live readings of his poetry, and singing.

Allan Badiner gives a talk, ‘My 30 Years on the Path with Thay’. Mitchell Ratner, co-founder of the Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center, leads a meditation and shares some of what he's learned from Thay. Mary Beth Hatem reads two of his poems. And Sister Que Tran and Brother Vien Nguyen reflect on the wisdom and compassion of this beloved Buddhist monk, spiritual leader, author, poet and man of peace.

See All Speaker Bios Here

All June 11-14 events take place at:

The Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere
1611 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209

June 25 at 7:30pm

Theatre of the Arts
University of DC
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC