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Zen ( 2009 )

From Sweeping Zen :

Zen is a poignant, in-depth, reverent and surprisingly moving portrait of Eihei Dogen, the great 13th century Japanese Buddhist master. He studied at Buddhist centers in China and established a monastic practice which emphasizes sitting meditation; he is regarded as the founder of the Soto school of Zen. This feature film is impressively well-researched and produced with great attention to authentic detail.

From pilgrimages to China to armed monks at war, the Kamakura Era was a time of upheaval in Japan and saw the beginnings of both the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen, and the arrival of tea. The country would never be the same again.

Born in 1200, orphaned at eight and initiated as a monk at age fourteen, Dogen is perhaps best known in the west for his texts Instructions to the Cook and a collection of discourses called the Shobo Genzo. He led a renaissance in practice and doctrine in Japan, and his Zen is the practical implementation of the principle of non-duality. Two key points are: there is no gap between practice and enlightenment; and, right behavior in daily life is Buddhism itself.

To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.
When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind
as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away.
– Dogen (translation by Kazuaki Tanahashi)

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How to cook your life

From : http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/11/16/movies/16cook.html

A jaunty mix of chanting, baking and spiritual uplift, “How to Cook Your Life” introduces us to the cooking classes of Edward Espe Brown, a twinkling Zen priest and vegetarian chef.
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Refreshingly straightforward and free of narration, the documentary observes Mr. Brown at several of the Buddhist centers — including the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California — where he offers students his patented blend of recipes and meditation. Dough-kneading techniques are enlivened by homilies from his mentor Suzuki Roshi (who died in 1971 and whose beaming countenance is captured in snippets of old black-and-white film) and punctuated by Mr. Brown’s frequent, throaty chuckles. He’s a self-deprecating preacher.

Identifying each section with a chipper, produce-theme title card, the director, Doris Dörrie, occasionally succumbs to clichéd symbolism, as when a flickering barrage of television channels exemplifies the frantic pace of modern life. And while a glancing critique of society’s wastefulness — illustrated most vividly by a Dumpster-diving woman with no need for a grocery budget — is mildly entertaining, it only distracts from the film’s greatest asset: Mr. Brown’s personality.

Neither smug nor saintly, “How to Cook Your Life” presents a man humbled by unruly emotions. As he flares with anger over tardily cooked spinach or tears up at the memory of a battered teapot, his road to enlightenment seems as rocky as our own.

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Revolution OS

From : http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2001/02/41536

Linux is more than just an alternative operating system. It’s also a culture with its own ethics, gods, myths and heroes.

A new film, Revolution O.S., explores the human side of the open source and free software movements, telling the inside story of the hackers and programmers rebelling against the corporate machine.

Revolution O.S. also depicts the culture of the open source movement by documenting the Installfest parties where people can bring their computers to get free, expert Linux tech support, and the Refund Day protest marches, where Linux users demand reimbursement of the extra fees that get tacked onto the purchase price of new computers for pre-installed Microsoft applications.

…to read on – click : http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2001/02/41536

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Kama Sutra – A Tale of Love

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The life of the Buddha

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