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Movie Night

Friday Night at the Movies 

Two Rivers Zen Community:

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Watch this beautiful film in your own time and then join in for presentations and discussion on Zoom, Friday evening, November 20th 7:00 P.M.

Why Has Bodhidharma Left for the East?

A hauntingly beautiful film about three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment. The story is told in flashbacks and in vignettes and evokes a deep sense of the experience of realization.

“Absolutely and blissfully the polar opposite of American film making, this is one of the most beautiful films you’re likely to see in this lifetime, and quite possibly the next. It is also a film with deliberate rhythms that might cause anxiety attacks in the casual filmgoer after the first few minutes. But rarely has a film’s pace matched its content so brilliantly.”                                              ~ Nick Burton, Pif Magazine

“Attempts to express what is inexpressible and does it better than any previous film of this type”                                                                                              ~Dennis Schwartz, Ozu’s World Movie Reviews

“Again and again, the film finds visual analogues for the oneness of the universe and the enlightenment to be found through the renunciation of earthly desires. In gazing into the physical world with a fixity, clarity and depth rarely found in the cinema, “Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?” goes about as far as a film can go in conjuring a meditative state.”      ~Stephen Holden, N.Y. Times

“A much more serious treatment of Buddhism than Bernardo Bertolucci’s
Little Buddha, . . . Full of ravishingly beautiful images rather than ravishingly beautiful shots, the film conveys not so much a filmic intelligence as a Buddhist intelligence that’s being translated, step-by-step, into movie terms. . . Count on something slow, arresting, and lovely, and if you’re looking for drama, expect to find it internally.”                                                                               ~ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago  Reader

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