For decades, Tibetan Buddhist nuns and their allies fought for the right to receive their religious tradition’s highest academic honor, the geshe degree (called geshema for women). The Geshema is Born follows the inspiring story of Namdol Phuntsok, an exceptional young nun, as she earns top honors and becomes one of the first of a new class of esteemed women scholars.
“The really wonderful thing that happened to me when I was in space,” says astronaut Mae Jemison in Planetary, “was this feeling of belonging to the entire universe.” Through stunning footage and wide-ranging interviews, this documentary delivers one central message: Everything on our fragile planet is interconnected.
“Compassion in action” is the philosophy of Karuna-Shechen, a Buddhist nonprofit cofounded by monks Matthieu Ricard and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. Karuna tells the uplifting stories of the women in India and Nepal empowered by the organization’s education and job training.
Ten years ago, Japan was devastated by a tsunami, which some survivors say tore a hole in the veil between the living and dead. Zen priest Reverend Kaneda counsels people who believe they are possessed by the spirits of the drowned in this sensitive film about a community recovering from trauma.
On Meditation is ten films in one, presenting portraits of meditators whose lives and careers have been transformed by their practice. Learn firsthand from the late Zen master Peter Matthiessen, Insight Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, US Congressman Tim Ryan, Nepali monk Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, and others.