Program Details

Third Friday Movie and a Meal - Recalling a Buddha - Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa


September 20 / 6:00 PM - September 20 / 9:00 PM

Please note that we're taking a break in August; but please join us for this great movie in September!  Our movie for September is:


Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa


The Life and Death of an Awakened Being


This is a documentary film about the Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpei Dorje, within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. 'Karmapa' is the title for the head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, one of four main schools. The sixteenth Karmapa lived from 1924 to 1981, and is universally recognized amongst Tibetan Buddhists, and particularly practitioners within the Kagyu school, as one of the most important and influential teachers of the modern age. He played an extraordinary role in the development of Tibetan Buddhism within the West, by traveling to the U.S. at the request of his student, Chogyam Trungpa, and conducting the sacred 'Black Crown' or 'Vajra Crown' ceremony for thousands of people.


The life story of the Sixteenth Karmapa is told by those close to him in Tibet, the generation of teachers that he trained and many others that he touched. This feature-length film looks closely at enlightened qualities and examines them in the context of historical events such as the fall of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism's migration to the West.  How the sixteenth Karmapa lived and how he died gives us the example of an awakened being: a person with a noble heart.


We are happy to present our Movie and a Meal community evenings at the Sonoma Shambhala Center. It is a regular event falling on the third Friday of each month. 


Before each movie, we provide a simple meal for the community to share in.  Our meal generally consists of a crockpot of vegetarian soup and a yummy whole grain bread, along with wine and non-alcoholic beverages.


We gather at 6:00 for the meal; the movie usually begins around 6:45 to 7:00.


Popcorn, tea and soda will be served during the movie.


A suggested donation of $5-$10 is requested to cover the cost of the movie royalty fees and refreshments.


Bring your friends and family!

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