Buddhist Films and Documentaries
Films based on the life of the Buddha and Buddhist Wisdom
Narrated by Richard Gere | PBS
Story of the Buddha.
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci; Starring Keanu Reeves
Story of the search for the reincarnation of your teacher.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Finding the next incarnation of HH Dalai Lama. Story of his childhood to adulthood and how he deals with Chinese oppression and the invasion of Tibet.
Seven Years in Tibet
Starring: Brad Pitt
The story of an Austrian mountain climber who becomes friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet.
Inspiring Buddhist informed Documentaries:
When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism arrives in the west
Featuring teachers in our sangha's lineage, including Anam Thubten Rinpoche, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
The Dhamma Brothers
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.
Walk With Me
A Journey Into Mindfulness with renowned teacher Thich Nhat Hanh
For The Benefit of All Beings
Trailer for the film.
The life story of a living Bodhisattva, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. Twenty years in a Chinese labor camp became his retreat enabling him to share his extraordinary loving wisdom with people all over the world.
Rinpoche is the heart teacher of Sue Kochan, resident teacher and spiritual director at Dharma Refuge.
Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Starring HH Dalai Lama, Richard Gere, Lou Reed
Chronicles the life of the writer, poet, and meditation master Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers.
Recommended Reading List
In general we recommend any book by HH Dalai Lama, Anam Thubten Rinpoche*, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel*, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ayya Khema, or .Pema Chodron.
* Dharma Refuge visiting teachers
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Affiliated and Local Buddhist Communities
We share our mission with a number of communities in our region and nationally. Below are links to some of these organizations.
Blooming Lilac Sangha
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
Mangala Shri Bhuti
Rochester Zen Center
White Lotus Buddhist Center
Springwater Retreat Center
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