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About


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About


A Weekend of Wisdom, Inspiration and Community

BUDDHAFEST | LA

May 31 - June 2, 2019
Beverly Hills and Los Angeles

Writers Guild Theater and UCLA

With Support from Festival Partners:

InsightLA, Buddhist Film Foundation and Tricycle Magazine

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Talks


Talks


A day of Wisdom Talks, Meditation
& MUSIC

Saturday, June 1,  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Featuring These Talks:

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The Power of Integrity in our Burning World

With Roshi Joan Halifax
Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Buddha: Great Physician & Mind Scientist for Trying Times

With Robert A.F. Thurman
Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, Co-Founder and President of Tibet House US

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Everything Hangs on Intention: How to Align Your Intentions with Your Real Values

With Sylvia Boorstein
Co-Founding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Senior Teacher at Insight Meditation Society

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Inner Wealth: How to Cultivate Your Mind To Overcome Spiritual Poverty

With Dawa Tarchin Phillips
Resident Teacher of the Santa Barbara Bodhi Path Buddhist Center, President and Co-Founder of the International Mindfulness Teachers Assn.

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Meditation as Medicine: How Tibetan Doctors Use Holistic Practices to Heal

With Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
Born in Tibet, Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International, which was formerly the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine

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The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

With Norman Fischer
Senior Teacher and former Co-Abbot at San Francisco Zen Center, Founder and Spiritual Director of Everyday Zen Foundation.


Plus A Musical Performance
by Drukmo Gyal Dakini

Born in Tibet,  Drukmo Gyal Dakini  travels the world to sing Tibetan healing mantras and chants

Born in Tibet, Drukmo Gyal Dakini travels the world to sing Tibetan healing mantras and chants

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Opening Night


Opening Night


Opening Night

Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM - 10:15 PM

LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS:

A Tribute to Zen Master Bernie Glassman

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Bernie Glassman 1939-2018

This influential Buddhist teacher was a pioneer of Zen in the West, and he blended his spiritual practice with a passion for social activism.

Bernie was one of the most creative forces in Western Buddhism, creating new paths, practices, and organizations to serve the people who fall between the cracks of society. He was a leader in the Socially Engaged Buddhism movement, and founder of Zen Peacemakers International.

Opening Night Program:
Talks, Meditation, Film, Music & More

Learn and benefit from Bernie’s wisdom, compassion and tender humanity as we explore the incredible work of this revolutionary Buddhist teacher.

Opening Night Speakers:

Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center of Santa Fe, NM
Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao
, Abbot of Zen Center of Los Angeles
Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Abbot of Village Zendo of New York City
Roshi Fleet Maull, Founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute
Peter Cunningham, Photographer and Zen Peacemaker
Moshe Cohen, Founder of Clowns Without Borders - USA
Rami Efal, Executive Director of Zen Peacemakers International

Opening Night Highlights Include a personal video tribute from actor Jeff Bridges (who will not be present). We will also show film footage of Jeff and Bernie working together while writing their book, The Dude and The Zen Master.

50% of Net Proceeds to Benefit Zen Peacemakers International

 
 
 
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Saturday Night


Saturday Night


TWO SATURDAY NIGHT EVENTS

At The Writers Guild Theater

FIRST SATURDAY NIGHT EVENT
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

How Radical Compassion Will
Change Your Life

With Sharon Salzberg and Robert A.F. Thurman

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SHARON SALZBERG: This will be our 10th BuddhaFest, and Sharon has been with us for every single one. Unfortunately, a recent health issue has forced Sharon to cancel her public appearances for several months. Therefore, rather than appearing with us in person, Sharon will participate from New York via livestream. We are grateful for this, and we hope you understand.

 

SECOND SATURDAY NIGHT EVENT
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT: HEALING THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SUFFERING WE'RE EXPERIENCING TODAY

With Roshi Pat O'Hara and Roshi Joan Halifax

Plus 20th Anniversary Screening of
ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED

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Roshi Pat O'Hara

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Roshi Joan Halifax

Their Talk is Followed by a 20th Anniversary Screening of the classic Buddhist film,
ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED.

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Acclaimed Buddhist Filmmaker Doris Dörrie's classic comedy, ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED

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Intensives


Intensives


Go Deeper at A sunday Intensive

Sunday, June 2, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Choose one of these daylong intensives:

WORKSHOP 1

Integrity as a Path to Happiness

with SYLVIA BOORSTEIN


WORKSHOP 2

Why The Buddha Smiled:
Mind Science and Healing Art for Everyone

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ROBERT A. F. THURMAN and DR. NIDA CHENAGTSANG

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Sponsors


Sponsors


Festival Partners


Festival SponsorS

 

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