Our movie for November will be:
Compassion and Wisdom
Narrated by Peter Coyote
"Compassion and Wisdom" is a groundbreaking Buddhist film which combines interviews with many of the world's greatest Buddhist teachers and scholars with rare and often never before seen footage of Buddhist architecture, painting and sculpture in India, Nepal, Japan and the United States. Produced and directed by James Zito, "Compassion and Wisdom" is a thought provoking documentary examining the ideal of the Bodhisattva which is central to the Buddhism of late India, China,Korea, Tibet and Japan as well as their continuation in American Buddhism today.
The Bodhisattva is a being committed to helping all sentient beings reach relative and ultimate happiness. The film includes an indepth examination of the Bodhisattva path and its main components: compassion and wisdom. Also included is a discussion of the relevance of the Bodhisattva ideal to current issues such as pollution of the environment, stress, the care and treatment of the dying and other ways in which Buddhist ideas can have a bearing on modern issues.
The film also profiles the great historical Bodhisattva figures such as Avalokiteshvara, Manjusri, Tara, and Jizo still revered and worshipped daily by Millions of Mahayana Buddhists throughout the world. Valuable to both beginners and experienced practitioners "Compassion and Wisdom" serves as a primer for ompassionate living and offers a valuable and beautiful expression of timeless Buddhist ideas.
We recently began our Movie and a Meal community evenings at the Sonoma Shambhala Center. This will become a regular event falling on the third Friday of each month.
Before each movie, we will provide a simple meal for the community to share in. Our meal generally consists of a crockpot of vegetarian soup and a yummy whole grain bread, along with wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
We'll gather at 6:00 for the meal; the movie will begin around 6:45.
Popcorn, tea and soda will be served during the movie.
A suggested donation of $5-$10 is requested to cover the cost of the movie royalty fees and refreshments.
Bring friends and family!