Hidden World: Tibetan Sand Mandala Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery  
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a film by John N Campbell
featuring the Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery
35 min.
dvd-0805 [yvs-35 min short] [Art & Architecture / Buddhism - Documentary]

A group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India builds a Sand Mandala at the Dreamcatcher gift shop in Skippack, Pennsylvania in this 30-minute documentary. They explain the purpose of the sand mandala's construction and ritual dismantling. The intricate details of this beautiful piece of visual art's construction are shown over the course of several days, concluding with the dismantling puja- a ceremony in which the mandala is destroyed and its sand scattered in a local body of water to disperse the blessings of the Medicine Buddha to all sentient beings. Background of Tibetan culture, and the environmental and human rights impact of the Chinese government's invasion of Tibet are explained in an interview with Geshe Lharampa Lobzang Samdup. Includes Subtitles.

DVD also features a short 5-minute documentary titled "Zen Pond" revealing the microscopic life forms living in a pond.

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Addiction, Recovery, and Spiritual Awakening Paul Hedderman, Chris Hebard  
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Paul Hedderman interviewed by Chris Hebard
92 min.
dvd-0804 [yvs-51:38] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings / Recovery]

Addiction is an extreme form of lack, a spiritual hunger to complete ourselves through the acquisition of objects, whether by alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, money, career, relationships, food, or even, enlightenment. This DVD explores addiction, sheds light on the path of recovery and dramatically points to the Reality frequently called Spiritual Awakening. Heartfelt and brimming with humor, Paul Hedderman and Chris Hebard intimately discuss the nature of addiction and its non-dual solution. To some, addiction is a matter of life and death; this DVD is not offered as a substitute for proven recovery methods. It is humbly offered to introduce the possibility of greater fulfillment and freedom.

No Walls Remain Kenny Johnson, Chris Hebard  
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Kenny Johnson interviewed by Chris Hebard
59 min.
dvd-0803 [yvs] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings]

No Walls Remain: The Story of Kenny Johnson "I had to find a power that would not only get me through my current sentence, but would free me from prison forever." - Kenny Johnson. Kenny Johnson was no part time criminal — he devoted his entire life to crime, beginning in his early teens. Imprisoned for over 20 years, Kenny's career was relentless mixture of theft, bank fraud, pimping and hustling. It was an endless downward spiral. Each time he was released, Kenny quickly returned to prison, with new charges and difficulties. Doing time, Kenny developed a frantic search for the end of his despair, scouring the world's great religions and seeking guidance through substance abuse groups. Nothing seemed to work. His relentless desperation left him no peace or escape. Finally collapsing into a "dark night of the soul," Kenny carefully designed a plan to kill himself, accumulating psychiatric medicines and tranquilizers designed to end his life. Perhaps, this sense of complete hopeless despair was exactly the fodder that Grace needed. It brought Kenny to that final place: that place of complete surrender. In such silent moments, it is possible to hear Stillness Speak, to experience that "ever present Grace which...supports me in each moment now." Kenny met Gangaji, the world famous non dual teacher, whose prison outreach program dropped Kenny into the Sea of Silence that changed his life forever. In this interview, Kenny and I share his entire life story, from his childhood days through his long and varied life of crime, the good times and bad. For more information on Kenny Johnson, visit www.thelasthustle.com. Visit www.stillnessspeaks.com for more information on Self Inquiry and Non-Duality.

The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death & Beyond Jon Monday  
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Huston Smith & Ken Dychtwald
80 min.
dvd-0802 [nvs] [Interfaith & Comparative Religion]

Author, teacher, and lecturer Huston Smith is best known for his scholarship, being the father of world s religions studies in America. But on December 27, 2009, Ken Dychtwald, psychologist, gerontologist, and visionary thinker on the subject of the age wave that is upon us, interviewed Smith with the objective of getting not his academic view, but rather his personal view, of the maturation process. Dychtwald brought out the warmth, depth, common sense, and wonderful humor of Huston Smith in the course of elucidating Smith s perspective on life at 90 from the age of 90-plus. Huston Smith has been a pioneer and role model for the Boomer generation in the field of Religious Pluralism. He now has something to teach about the aging process.

The two men developed a wonderful rapport, Smith being elated to encounter in Dychtwald an interviewer with a sharp mind and novel approach. At one point, he turned to Dychtwald, arms spread wide, saying, If you see an opening, hit me! ...much to Dychtwald s delight.

Ken Dychtwald has for decades studied and interviewed many seniors, but found Smith unique. To quote Dychtwald about the interview: One of the things that surprised me most ... was his sense of humor, his playfulness. ...Being in the presence of a deep-thinking philosopher and religious expert in his nineties who was boyish, who was teasing, who was in the sparring action of the interview, who was having fun, who was clever and wry and creative with his mind as any 12 or 15 or 25 year old I ve met, was an incredible experience.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai Lisa Merton, Alan Dater  
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with Wangari Maathai
dvd-0801 [nvs] [Environment / World Peace and Social Action]

Taking Root weaves a compelling and dramatic narrative of one woman's personal journey in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country. Raised in the rural highlands of Kenya, and educated in the United States during the 1960s civil rights era, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Maathai discovered the heart of her life's work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. They told her that their daily lives had become intolerable: they were walking longer distances for firewood, clean water had become scarce, the soil was disappearing from their fields, and their children were suffering from malnutrition. Maathai thought to herself, "Well, why not plant trees?" Trees provide shade, prevent soil erosion, supply firewood and building materials, and produce nutritious fruit to combat malnutrition. With this realization Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization encouraging rural women to plant trees.

Taking Root documents dramatic confrontations and captures Maathai's infectious determination and unwavering courage. Today there are more than 6,000 Green Belt nurseries throughout Kenya that generate income for 150,000 people, and thirty-five million trees have deeply altered the physical and social landscape of the country.

Why Enlightenment Matters: How Self Realization Will Bring About the Healing of the World Jim Dreaver  
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with Jim Dreaver
dvd-0800 [nvs] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings]

Recorded at the 2005 Internaltional Consciousness Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jim Dreaver is the author of The Ultimate Cure: The Healing Energy Within You, and Somatic Technique: A Simplified Method of Releasing Chronically Tight Muscles and Enhancing Mind/Body Awareness. He has been published in Yoga Journal, New Realities, and Science of Mind and he has been lecturing and teaching workshops on the body, mind, spirit connection for more than twenty years. lie has shared his inspiring message with audiences nationwide on over fifty radio shows and at New Thought churches, New Age and holistic health conferences, and corporate events.
Originally from New Zealand, lie studied English literature and politics at the University of Auckland, is an honors graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, and now makes his home in northern California.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring Ki-duk Kim  
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a film by Kim Ki-Duk
Korean with English subtitles, 102 min.
dvd-0799 [nvs] [Feature Film / Buddhism - Zen]

From the award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim K-Duk comes this critifcally acclaimed and exquisitely beautiful story of a young Buddhist monk's evolution from innocence to Love, Evil to Enlightenment and ultimately to Rebirth.
Working miracles with only a single set and a handful of characters, Korean director Kim Ki-Duk creates a wise little gem of a movie. As the title suggests, the action takes place in five distinct episodes, but sometimes many years separate the seasons. The setting is a floating monastery in a pristine mountain lake, where an elderly monk teaches a boy the lessons of life—although when the boy grows to manhood, he inevitably must learn a few hard lessons for himself. By the time the story reaches its final sections, you realize you have witnessed the arc of existence—not one person's life, but everyone's. It's as enchanting as a Buddhist fable, but it's not precious; Kim (maker of the notorious The Isle) consistently surprises you with a sex scene or an explosion of black comedy; he also vividly acts in the Winter segment, when the lake around the monastery eerily freezes. —Robert Horton

Compassion in Emptiness Dalai Lama  
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with H.H. the Dalai Lama
Disc 1: Public Talk
Disc 2-4: Buddhist Teachings give over 3-days
dvd-0795-0798 [nvs] [Buddhist - Tibetan]

Each year, His Holiness the Dalai Lama travels the world offering teachings and public talks to individuals from many different faiths and backgrounds. In 2010, His Holiness traveled to New York City to teach A Commentary on Bodhicitta by Nagarjuna and A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life by Shantideva. Following the teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama went on to address a sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall with Awakening the Heart of Selflessness, a public talk followed by a candid question and answer session. In this talk, His Holiness discusses ways in which one can achieve the realization of selflessness and ultimately achieve inner peace, which in turn generates a genuine sense of responsibility for the happiness of others and eventually creates a more compassionate world for everyone. Hosted by The Gere Foundation and The Tibet Center and brought to you by Oscilloscope Laboratories, Compassion In Emptiness presents two historic records of one of the world's most important spiritual leaders and his unique message of wisdom and compassion.

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas Elaine Pagels  
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with Elaine Pagels
75 min.
dvd-0794 [nvs] [Christian - Documentary]

In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy.
Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the “secret” Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the “rogue” voices of Christianity encourage and sustain “the recognition of the light within us all.”
Elaine Pagels is Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University. A recipient of the MacArthur Prize, she has been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 2012, she received Princeton University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. As one nominator wrote, Pagels has the ability “to show readers that the ancient texts she studies are concerned with the great questions of human existence though they may discuss them in … language very different from our own.”
Pagels’ 1979 book, The Gnostic Gospels, won the National Book Critic’s Circle Award and the National Book Award, and was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best books of the 20th century. Her other titles include the bestselling Origin of Satan (1995), Beyond Belief (2003), and most recently, Revelations (2012).

Andrei Rublev Lyudmila Feiginova, Olga Shevkunenko, Tatyana Yegorycheva, Andrey Tarkovskiy  
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a film by Andrei Tarkovsky
starring Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolai Sergeyev, Irma Raush
The Criterion Collection, 1966
205 min. Black & White
Russian with English subtitles
dvd-0793 [nvs] [Feature Film / Christian - Orthodox]

Immediately suppressed by the Soviets in 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky's epic masterpiece is a sweeping medieval tale of Russia's greatest icon painter. Too experimental, too frightening, too violent, and too politically complicated to be released officially, Andrei Rublev has existed only in shortened, censored versions until the Criterion Collection created this complete 205-minute director's cut special edition, now available for the first time on DVD.
At last, the complete version of Andrei Tarkovski's 1966 masterpiece about the great 15th century Russian icon painter (a film suppressed by the Soviet Union and unseen until 1971) is available. It's a complex and demanding narrative about the responsibility of the artist to participate in history rather than documenting it from a safe distance. A landmark in Russian cinema, Andrei Rublev is a beautifully lyrical black-and-white film about harmony and soulful expression. As the late filmmaker says in a supplementary interview, each generation must experience life for itself; it cannot simply absorb what has preceded it. In fact, a whole host of supplements accompanies the film in this Criterion Collection release. Stick with it; it's worth the effort. —Bill Desowitz

Byron Katie: Gaiam Portraits of Inspiring Lives Michael Badertscher  
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a film by Michael Badertscher
180 min. Edited documentary, Lecture & Interview
dvd-0792 [nvs] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings]

Yes, you can change your reality, and Byron Katie is going to show you how. Byron Katie has led millions of people to realize the basic truths of the stories that compose their lives and have shaped their realities. Her inquiry process, The Work®, is a simple, powerful process that will guide you to unearth your own underlying truths and then to move on to modify your perceptions of reality. The result is a transformation of negative beliefs into positive experiences that will forever change your outlook on life. In the fourth installment of Gaiam s successful series, Portraits of Inspiring Lives, you can follow Byron Katie s own life journey and discover first-hand this influential teaching that reveals how we can finally take control of our reality, gain more energy, peace, and a clearer outlook on life as a result.

Thinking Allowed: The Practice of Meditation Jack Kornfield  
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THINKING ALLOWED: The Practice of Meditation
Jack Kornfield interviewed by Jeffrey Mishlove
Two 30-min programs
dvd-0791 [nvs] [Buddhism - Theravada / Meditation - Introduction to]

Through quieting the mind we become aware of our unconscious tensions and the act of awareness itself serves to heal those tensions. Buddhist teacher of Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation, clinical psychologist and author of Living Masters of Buddhism and A Clear Forest Pool, Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., seeks out the factors common to all varieties of meditation. A Thinking Allowed video, hosted by Jeffrey Mishlove.

Thinking Allowed: Embodying Buddhism Sylvia Boorstein  
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THINKING ALLOWED: Embodying Buddhism
Syliva Boorstein interviewed by Jeffrey Mishlove
Two 30-min programs
dvd-0790 [yvs] [Buddhism - Theravada]

A Thinking Allowed video. Sylvia Boorstein presents the essence of the eightfold path and the four noble truths of Buddhism. She discusses Vipassana—or mindfulness—meditation which entails detaching from the thoughts, cravings and aversions that pass through the mind. Through this practice one gains insight into the impermanence of all mental states. Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and Buddhist mediation teacher, is author of It is Easier Than You Think, Don't Just Do Something, Sit There and Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist.

Peter Matthiessen: No Boundaries Jeffrey Sewald  
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a film by Jeffrey Sewald
narrated by Glenn Close
57 min.
dvd-0789 [nvs] [Environment]

The hour-long, high definition production is an intimate documentary focusing on capturing the essence of the literary and spiritual force that is Peter Matthiessen. Novelist, travel writer, explorer, Zen monk Matthiessen is all this and more. The documentary will be a dynamic interplay between a host of elements including: interviews with Peter Matthiessen, excerpts from his writings and anecdotes from those who know him, have worked and traveled with him; and those who have been inspired by his work. The interviews will center on how the events and circumstances of his life have shaped his point-of-view, established the trajectory of his spiritual quest and guided his selection of subject matter. Narrated by Glenn Close.