The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby kirtu » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:32 pm

Chandar, the Black Leopard of Ceylon, 1972, a Wonderful World of Disney tv movie, two thumbs way up!

from IMDB:
Chandar is a black leopard who lives near the beach of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) together] with his mother and his sister. When fishers arrive they have to leave and move to a temple in the jungle. When Chandra explores the new territory he falls into a river but the old Buddhist monk Sumana rescues him from the water. Three years later Chandar gets separated from his family during a forest fire and has to learn to live on his own. He meets Sumana again when the monk starts on a pilgrimage together with the young boy Dasa. They visit the old temples and statues of Ceylon and Sumana teaches him Buddhist philosophy and wisdom. Chandar follows them out of curiosity. During an elephant hunt Chandar saves the boy from the wild elephants but gets himself captured by the hunters and is sold to a circus. Some weeks later the boy frees the leopard from his cage in the circus. Meanwhile the police is searching for another leopard who killed a villager. When they see Chandar, they try to shoot him but he can escape by jumping down a cliff. Then Chandar meets a female leopard and they hunt together. The man-eating leopard attacks Chandar but he can defeat him. When Sumana and Dasa reach the end of their pilgrimage the man-eater attacks Dasa but Chandar kills him. When the police arrives the pilgrims convince them that Chandar is not the man-eater. The boy returns to his father and Sumana spends the rest of his life as a hermit in the jungle.


A fantastic film with emphasis on lovingkindness.

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby christopher::: » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:09 pm

suttametta wrote:The Wolf of Wall Street. Theme is the unreality of samsara. The story starts off with Leonardo getting schooled on the unreal nature of Wall Street by Matthew McConaughey. Then it becomes a kaleidoscope of the visions of greed and ignorance. This is a reflection on the suffering of samsara.


I haven't seen that yet but that was the sense I got from the trailer, also "American Hustle" seems to be dealing with similar themes. I haven't watched the Breaking Bad series but from looking at excerpts on youtube these all seem to be highlighting the "dead end" dysfunctional ways of samsara. Like American Beauty, another wonderful film on the first two Noble truths…

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Shaswata_Panja » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:07 am

repost from this thread
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=19934




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culaavuso wrote:Plant intentionality and the phenomenological framework of plant intelligence brings a whole new perspective to the suttas talking about beings living in trees, such as MN 45.

MN 45: Cula-dhammasamadana Sutta wrote:Just as if a maluva creeper pod were to burst open in the last month of the hot season, and a maluva creeper seed were to fall at the foot of a sala tree. The deva living in the tree would become frightened, apprehensive, & anxious. Her friends & companions, relatives & kin — garden devas, forest devas, tree devas, devas living in herbs, grass, & forest monarchs — would gather together to console her: 'Have no fear, have no fear. In all likelihood a peacock is sure to swallow this maluva creeper seed, or a deer will eat it, or a brush fire will burn it up, or woodsmen will pick it up, or termites will carry it off, and anyway it probably isn't really a seed.'
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Please do see M Night Shyamalan's Happening--one of the greatest film on environmental destruction ever made---and thank you for making this post..i would love to disclose more about that film but I am resisting...i think seeing your post..The Happening surely qualifies as a Dhamma film?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Happening_(2008_film)[/quote]
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Shaswata_Panja » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:07 am

repost from this thread
http://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=19934




Shaswata_Panja wrote:
culaavuso wrote:Plant intentionality and the phenomenological framework of plant intelligence brings a whole new perspective to the suttas talking about beings living in trees, such as MN 45.

MN 45: Cula-dhammasamadana Sutta wrote:Just as if a maluva creeper pod were to burst open in the last month of the hot season, and a maluva creeper seed were to fall at the foot of a sala tree. The deva living in the tree would become frightened, apprehensive, & anxious. Her friends & companions, relatives & kin — garden devas, forest devas, tree devas, devas living in herbs, grass, & forest monarchs — would gather together to console her: 'Have no fear, have no fear. In all likelihood a peacock is sure to swallow this maluva creeper seed, or a deer will eat it, or a brush fire will burn it up, or woodsmen will pick it up, or termites will carry it off, and anyway it probably isn't really a seed.'
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Please do see M Night Shyamalan's Happening--one of the greatest film on environmental destruction ever made---and thank you for making this post..i would love to disclose more about that film but I am resisting...i think seeing your post..The Happening surely qualifies as a Dhamma film?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Happening_(2008_film)
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby shanti maria » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:57 am

"Buddha's Lost Children" simply beautiful
"Zen Noir" won a number of awards (available for free download)
"Buddha Wallah" (available for free download) apparently latest film by the same director has been selected by Germany for an Oscar nomination in Best Foreign Film Category
"1 Mile Above"
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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby Kim OHara » Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:48 am

christopher::: wrote:
suttametta wrote:The Wolf of Wall Street. Theme is the unreality of samsara. The story starts off with Leonardo getting schooled on the unreal nature of Wall Street by Matthew McConaughey. Then it becomes a kaleidoscope of the visions of greed and ignorance. This is a reflection on the suffering of samsara.


I haven't seen that yet but that was the sense I got from the trailer, ...

I haven't seen it either and I'm not going to bother since my (adult) son saw it and couldn't find a single good word to say about it. "Trashy movie about the worst side of American society," just about summarises his response. Do we really need more of such stuff?

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Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

Postby shanti maria » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:12 am

"Naked Mind" film in the making, there is lots of anticipation around it, one of director's aims is to show it in prisons to inspire inmates interested in meditation
Link to an interview with Sarah Barab, the director:

http://shambhalatimes.org/2013/03/22/na ... -the-film/

another link shows 3 video previews, one of them of a heroin addict from UK in rehab at a Thai monastery - simply fascinating :

http://secularbuddhism.org/2013/03/22/e ... aked-mind/
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