This year’s BuddhaFest took place June 14–17, 2012 at the Spectrum Theater at Artisphere, in Arlington, Virginia. Six films and a number of talks and meditation events were presented. There were nearly 4,000 admissions.
Films include two titles premiered at IBFF events: Buddha’s Lost Children, by Mark Verkerk and Bodhisattva, by Mark Elliot. Other films were Connected, by Tiffany Schlain; Baraka, by Ron Fricke; and Ram Dass Fierce Grace by Mickey Lemle; along with the sneak preview of Victress Hitchcock’s When the Iron Bird Flies.
Talks by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Tara Brach, Congressman Tim Ryan, Rick Hanson, Jonathan Foust, Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni and Sharon Salzberg and speakers from the World Wildlife Foundation and DC Shambhala Center, along with appearances by filmmakers Victress Hitchcock, Mark Elliot, Mickey Lemle and Tiffany Schlain (via Skype) as well as a concert by Krishna Das, rounded out the program.
Buddhist Film Foundation is an advisor to BuddhaFest. Visit the official BuddhaFest website.