The premiere of the new film, One Mind, by Edward A. Burger (Amongst White Clouds), will be presented by Buddhist Film Foundation at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California, on December 18. The filmmaker will be joined by special guest Rev. Heng Sure of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.
One Mind is a rare cinematic portrait of life inside one of China’s most austere and revered Zen communities. The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery continue to uphold a strict monastic code established over 1200 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China. In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea, and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires. At the heart of this community, a group of cloistered meditators sit in silence for eight hours every day. Suggesting a Zen version of the critically acclaimed film Into Great Silence, One Mind offers an intimate glimpse into a thriving Buddhist monastery in modern China.
Director Edward A. Burger has lived and studied with Buddhist communities in China for over fifteen years, and is the first Western filmmaker to be granted such unprecedented access to the daily rituals and traditions practiced in this remote mountain monastery. He will be joined at the screening by Rev. Heng Sure, director of Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, which is in the lineage of the late Master Xu Yun, who revived Zhenru Chan Monastery in the mid 20th century.
Benefit Screening — One Night Only!
Sunday, December 18, 6:30 pm
Director in Person
Special Guest: Rev. Heng Sure, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
All tickets $15
On sale now at the Smith Rafael Film Center box office and online.