New Documentary on Chan Buddhism in China: Alms

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New Documentary on Chan Buddhism in China: Alms

Postby Bankei » Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:55 am

New Documentary Movie on Chan Buddhism in China

Alms is a cinematic tour through a remote mountain Chan/Zen Buddhist monastery in Southern China. Student audiences are guided by the community’s Head Chef (典坐 dianzuo) as he explains the traditional cultivation, distribution and ritual offering of food in this traditional Buddhist community. We follow the gathering of local fuels and farmed vegetables, and witness how living members of this community work in harmony with elements of their physical environment to provide the supportive infrastructure surrounding the Meditation Hall (禅堂 Zendo/Chantang), where a group of cloistered monks devote themselves to meditation practice.

http://www.commonfolkfilms.com/ALMS.html
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Re: New Documentary on Chan Buddhism in China: Alms

Postby Virgo » Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:39 am

Interesting.

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Re: New Documentary on Chan Buddhism in China: Alms

Postby Ben » Sun Apr 18, 2010 3:40 am

Thanks Bankei for informing us of this interesting documentary
I'm moving it to The Lounge as it is the most appropriate place to announce and discuss non-Theravada media.
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Re: New Documentary on Chan Buddhism in China: Alms

Postby Paññāsikhara » Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:54 am

Bankei wrote:New Documentary Movie on Chan Buddhism in China

Alms is a cinematic tour through a remote mountain Chan/Zen Buddhist monastery in Southern China. Student audiences are guided by the community’s Head Chef (典坐 dianzuo) as he explains the traditional cultivation, distribution and ritual offering of food in this traditional Buddhist community. We follow the gathering of local fuels and farmed vegetables, and witness how living members of this community work in harmony with elements of their physical environment to provide the supportive infrastructure surrounding the Meditation Hall (禅堂 Zendo/Chantang), where a group of cloistered monks devote themselves to meditation practice.

http://www.commonfolkfilms.com/ALMS.html


Thanks, Bankei. You're on the H-Buddhism list, too, huh? :smile:

(PS: Characters should be "典座" not "坐", and "禪堂" not that Japanese character "禅")
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