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Is it possible to profess both Christianity and Buddhism? A growing number of people say, “Yes.” The new documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions focuses on three distinguished teachers who are leading the way.
Filmmaker (and Shambhala teacher) John Ankele hosts a special screening and discussion, followed by a reception. Join us!
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ABOUT THE FILM
Maybe we don’t need to enter a monastery or go to the desert, but some form of discipline may be necessary if we are to move beyond the self as the center of identity and into the liberating vastness of the “Buddha-field” or the nourishing wholeness of the “Christ-reality".
Robert Kennedy, Chung Hyun Kyung and Paul Knitter lead us on an adventure through the spiritually rich terrain where Buddhist and Christian paths meet. As they share their experiences, we realize that the questions and struggles that motivate them are our own. And their reflections throw the light back on us. We can see better the prison of our ceaseless preoccupations, our obsessions, our animosities. Perhaps our own notions of the spiritual path have been limited by our need for answers and our desire for comfort?
In the end it becomes clear from these witnesses that this is not a journey that depends on concepts and abstractions; rather, this journey is experiential, guided by meditation practice and the growing insight that arises from it. We see that for these travelers, the path they are pointing us to is infinitely spacious and ultimately fulfilling — it can hold all of our contradictions and questions as it leads us further and deeper into the “incomprehensible mystery” that is this life.
As a producer of radio and TV programming in the 1960′s, John Ankele used mass media to empower faith communities advocating for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. During the struggle for independence in southern Africa, he worked with and trained political activists in the use of media to bring about social change. His documentary subjects covered: African “prophet healers” in marginalized communities, who blend “spirit-based” Christianity with indigenous African beliefs & practices; the rise of the underground church in China against the backdrop of state suppression of religious beliefs and practices; the impact of women’s empowerment on health care and living standards in India.
As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and as a student in the zen and Shambhala Buddhist traditions, he has been involved for many years in interfaith dialogue around contemplative practice and social justice.