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BUDDHAFEST | LA

June 1 - 3, 2018
Beverly Hills and Los Angeles

Writers Guild Theater and UCLA

BuddhaFest embraces the principles of mindfulness and compassion through a unique mix of inspiring films, modern wisdom teachings, meditation and live music.

RESERVED SEATS FOR MOST EVENTS
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Talks


Talks


A day of Wisdom Talks, Meditation
& Conversation

Saturday, June 2,  10 AM - 4:45 PM

Featuring:

  JACK KORNFIELD  Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif., and author of several books.

JACK KORNFIELD
Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif., and author of several books.

  RAM DASS    (via live stream from Hawaii)  American spiritual teacher and author of the seminal 1971 book,  Be Here Now

RAM DASS
(via live stream from Hawaii)
American spiritual teacher and author of the seminal 1971 book, Be Here Now

  LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE  Founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala in Pagosa Springs, CO and author of  Feeding Your Demons  and  Wisdom Rising

LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE
Founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala in Pagosa Springs, CO and author of Feeding Your Demons and Wisdom Rising

  SHARON SALZBERG  Founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. and Author,  Real Love  and  Real Happiness

SHARON SALZBERG
Founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. and Author, Real Love and Real Happiness

  LAMA SURYA DAS  Spiritual Direct of Dzogchen Center, poet, chant master, and author of several books on Buddhism

LAMA SURYA DAS
Spiritual Direct of Dzogchen Center, poet, chant master, and author of several books on Buddhism

  TRUDY GOODMAN  Founder and guiding teacher of InsightLA and Co-author,  A Clinician’s Guide To Teaching Mindfulness

TRUDY GOODMAN
Founder and guiding teacher of InsightLA and Co-author, A Clinician’s Guide To Teaching Mindfulness

  JOANNA HARDY  Guiding Teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles

JOANNA HARDY
Guiding Teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles

 

All Seats Reserved - Get Yours Today for Best Selection

 

Sharon Salzberg, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Lama Surya Das and JoAnna Hardy Will Each Lead a Daylong Intensive on Sunday, June 3

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Opening Night


Opening Night


Opening Night

Friday, June 1,  7:30 - 10 PM

A One-Time Only Major Event:

Concert Performance of
The Tibetan Book of the Dead

“Mesmerizing”. . .   “Beautifully Evocative”. . .   "Transcendent". . .

  Tenzin Choegyal

Tenzin Choegyal

Featuring:

Acclaimed Tibetan Singer-Songwriter Tenzin Choegyal
With narration by Lama Surya Das and Lama Tsultrim Allione

Accompanied by Tsering Dorjee Bawa on
Singing Bowls,
Gongs and Peggy Baldwin on Cello

 

How can we find the great compassion and great courage to explore life and death fully?  What can we do to free the heart from fear and dread?

Opening night presents one wisdom traditions's approach to how to think about death, and what happens after death.

Using selected text from a classic work of Buddhist wisdom, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the concert pairs sacred words with musical meditations to provide insight into the Bardo, or the intermediate state between life and death.

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. It is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. It helps us to discover what matters most. 

This profound opening night performance can help us to see that we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to offer.

Tenzin Choegyal’s international award-winning music has been described as “beautifully evocative,” “healing,” “mesmerizing,” “spine-tingling,” and “transcendent.”

His music reflects his nomadic roots and his love for his homeland, Tibet. His cantering rhythms, soaring vocals and exquisite flute solos have enchanted audiences around the globe.

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Films


Films


 

Saturday Night Films

West Coast Premiere
Zen For Nothing

Saturday, June 2
6:15 PM

West Coast Premiere
Honeygiver Among the Dogs

Saturday, June 2
8:45 PM

 
 

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Intensives


Intensives


Go Deeper at A sunday Intensive

Sunday, June 3, 10 AM - 4 PM

Choose one of four daylong intensives with:

  LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE

LAMA TSULTRIM ALLIONE

  LAMA SURYA DAS

LAMA SURYA DAS

  SHARON SALZBERG

SHARON SALZBERG

  JOANNA HARDY

JOANNA HARDY

 
 
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Sponsors


Sponsors


Festival Partners


Festival SponsorS

 
 
 
 

Festival Supporters