Christian Fundamentals Marcus Borg  
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CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS
with Marcus Borg
90 min.
dvd-0788 [nvs] [Christian - Protestant]

Christian Fundamentals in a Time of Change and Conflict
Spring 2004
From The Great Debate: An Authentic Contemporary Faith
What elements of a traditional Christian faith can be carried forward as ingredients in an authentic contemporary faith. Elements of the old cosmology? A non-theistic diety? The Bible as Sacred Scripture? Life after death? Sin and guilt? Reward and punishment?
Marcus J. Borg (D. Phil., Oxford University) is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. He was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007. Borg is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling The Heart of Christianity, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, and the novel Putting Away Childish Things. He was an active member of the Jesus Seminar when it focused on the historical Jesus, and he has been chair of the Historical Jesus section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Of Gods and Men Xavier Beauvois  
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OF GODS AND MEN: Inspired by a True Story
a film by Xavier Beauvois
stars Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale
2-DVDs (Blueray and regular dvd combo pak)
French with English subtitles
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Loosely based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996, Of Gods and Men tells a story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay... come what may.
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The monks at the Trappist monastery in Algeria seem almost to exist outside of time, so it may be a while before we recognize the 1990s as the setting for Of Gods and Men. And old traditions cannot escape new warfare in this stirring movie, based on a true story that happened at a remote enclave of peaceful, studious priests. These Christian monks minister to the largely Muslim (and very poor) villagers in their vicinity, a balance that is threatened by Algeria's Civil War. When nearby radical-Islamist insurgents begin killing foreigners, the monks must face a choice. Will they flee to safety—a perfectly rational and understandable decision that will leave the villagers without their only source of health care—or will they stay on, secure in their spiritual calling despite the possibility of abduction or murder? Director Xavier Beauvois makes an absorbing film from this question, and it's not at all difficult to understand why it became an unexpected box-office smash in France (and ended up winning the Cesar award for best film of 2010). The film is beautifully cast, and sometimes Beauvois simply trains his camera on the lined, weathered faces of his priests, as though allowing those lines to tell the story. Heading the cast is Lambert Wilson (of Matrix fame), who leads his men with an almost regal bearing, and veteran actor Michael Lonsdale, who quietly inhabits the role of the physician in the group. The film takes time out for quiet contemplation, as though understanding that the priests' suspenseful situation is only half the story. The wordless climax, which allows the men to be animated by the earthly pleasures of wine and Tchaikovsky, is something of a spiritual journey of acceptance all on its own. It's a moment you'll find very difficult to forget. —Robert Horton

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Oren Lyons The Faithkeeper: The Moyers Collection Oren Lyons  
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OREN LYONS THE FAITHKEEPER: The Moyers Collection
with Oren Lyons and BIll Moyers
58 min.
dvd-0785 [yvs] [Shamanism & Primal Religions]

"We have to get back to the spiritual law if we are to survive." The speaker is a Native American leader in conversation with Bill Moyers on the television special Moyers/Oren Lyons the Faithkeeper.
As a "Faithkeeper," Oren Lyons is the person responsible for passing on and interpreting his people's traditions, legends, and prophecies. He is a Chief of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga, one of the Six Nations in the Iroquois Confederation. Moyers talks with him in his cabin on Onondaga land in upstate New York.
Lyons' words are startling both for their historical perspective and their practical value. Giving a history lesson which will be news to many Americans, he explains how the Founding Fathers of the United States drew upon the American system of government when making their plans for the nation. As early as 1744, Benjamin Franklin was present at a meeting where the Six Nation chiefs advised the governors of Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania to form an indivisible union.
People around the world today are looking to America for democracy but "America got the ideas of democracy and freedom and peace from the Indians," Lyons explains.
Except for one important ingredient, Lyons contends. "They refused to use spirituality as a part of the nation. Our advice to you was a spiritual center," whereas the United States system separates church and state. "We said, 'Problem coming.' "
According to Lyons, the problems which can be traced to a lack of a spiritual law, have kept coming through the centuries. The Chief is a prominent member of the international environmental movement, and he speaks eloquently and forcefully about the degradation of the earth.
"The law says if you poison your water, you'll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you'll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you'll suffer. The law says all of this, and if you don't learn that, you can only suffer."
The prophecies of the Onondaga Nation underscore this point. In 1799 the legendary figure Ganyahdiyok or "Handsome Lake" was given a vision of the future and saw environmental disasters including air and water pollution.
The Chief explains what this legend means to him. "It's certain that this will happen, but it's up to each generation to see that it doesn't happen in your generation."
Lyons comes across in this one-hour program as a practical visionary. He is also an accomplished artist. As he tells the stories which have guided his people through the centuries, the cameras pan across his paintings of the Great Tree of Peace and the early history of his people. Repeatedly, he emphasizes the importance of community to the Onondaga, from their games to their ceremonies.
On the practical level, he talks about living day by day, the importance of not taking ourselves too seriously, and accountability to the next generation.
"When you sit in council for the welfare of the people," he says, "you council for the welfare of the seventh generation to come so that when their time comes here they may enjoy the same thing that you're enjoying now. I'm sitting here as the seventh generation because seven generations ago, those people were looking out for me."
Lyons' discussion of time is particularly interesting. "People don't operate in the world time or, say, the time of the mountain. They operate in the time of the human being. And that's probably not a good idea because the time of the human being is rather short." Without a reference point in the world's time, as we've seen in American history, "you can get yourself and your people into a lot of trouble."
This long-term perspective is the essence of a spirituality which must be recaptured for our sake and for the generations to come. Don't miss this informative and inspirational interview.

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Enlighten Up! DVD Kate Churchill  
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ENLIGHTEN UP! A Skeptic's Journey into the World of Yoga
a film by Kate Churchill, with Nick Rosen
features B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Norman Allen, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh, Dharma Mittra, Cyndi Lee, Alan Finger, Rodney Yee, Beryl Bender Birch, Shyamdas, Diamond Dallas Page
dvd-0784 [nvs] [Meditation - Yoga & Body Practices]

Filmmaker Kate Churchill is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Nick Rosen is skeptical but agrees to be her guinea pig. Kate immerses Nick in the practice and follows him around the world as he examines the good, the bad and the ugly of yoga. The two encounter celebrity yogis, true believers, kooks and world-renowned gurus. Tensions run high as Nick s transformational progress lags and Kate s plan crumbles. Ultimately, what they find is not what they are looking for.
FEATURING: B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Norman Allen, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh, Dharma Mitra, Cyndi Lee, Alan Finger, Rodney Yee, Beryl Bender Birch, Shyamdas, Diamond Dallas Page and many more!

DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Director Kate Churchill; Deleted Scenes; Extended Interviews with Yoga Luminaries; Photo Gallery

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Mythos III: The Shaping of the Western Tradition Joseph Campbell  
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MYTHOS III: The Shaping of the Western Tradition
with Joseph Campbell
2-DVDs, 285 min.
dvd-0782 & dvd-0783 [vsn] [Mythology]

The Shaping of the Western Tradition

"[Western myths] represented something that is typical to Europe and nowhere else, and that is respect for the individual and the individual path, the individual way." —Joseph Campbell

DURING THE FINAL YEARS OF HIS LIFE, Joseph Campbell embarked on a speaking tour in which he drew together all that he had learned about what he called the "one great story" of humanity. These remarkable talks were filmed and are presented here in the order and manner in which Campbell himself intended, with enhanced images and in minimally edited form. As seen on PBS.

The Programs
1. Love as the Guide—The Arthurian romances, including Tristan and Iseult.
2. The Path of the Heart—Parzival and the Grail Quest.
3. Beyond Time and Space—The Romantic philosophers.
4. Between Pairs of Opposites—Thomas Mann and The Magic Mountain.
5. Into the Well of Myth—The Joseph novels and modern myth.

Presented and Hosted by Academy Award®-Winner SUSAN SARANDON

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Sound Intelligence: Awakening Through Sound Chloe Goodchild  
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SOUND INTELLIGENCE:
AWAKENING THROUGH SOUND
from the 3rd International Sound Healing Conference
with Chloe Goodchild
59 min.

Chloe Goodchild is founder of The Naked Voice and its charitable foundation, dedicated to healing the divide between silence, speech and song.  Since deafness in childhood, Chloe began a life-long journey to find ways to express herself and to help others in the same process. The ‘naked’ voice - or real sound, prior to the social or personality voice - was the outcome and treasure of this process. She created a method of communication, and effortless expression that enables singers and non-singers alike to access their true sound, from a deep and non-judgmental listening, sourced from silence.
Chloe’s teaching and performance has been informed by an experiential research of East -West voice and sound practices, following travels in Africa, India, Turkey, Europe, USA and Canada. She has sung for HH Dalai Lama, the Way of Peace in Northern Ireland and many other events. Her CD, Fierce Wisdom, features her world anthem, Singing Field. She has recorded with several major film, jazz, contemporary and classical musicians and composers. Chloe has recently published two Naked Voice teaching or “home learner” CD-DVDs, Your Naked Voice and Awakening Through Sound. Following her book The Naked Voice, Chloe is presently writing a new book, Sound Intelligence, to be published soon.
www.thenakedvoice.com
Workshop: Sound Intelligence: Awakening through Sound
Sound Intelligence brings a fresh understanding to the significance of sound and voice, as humanity’s most intimate, sustainable and renewable resource for the 21st century. As unique as our DNA and finger print, our human voice can bring us into a direct encounter with our true nature, prior to rational thought, accessing a depth of self-awareness and compassion that is life-changing.
Our sound intelligence engages us in a new language of consciousness, rooted in the perennial wisdom, prior to religion, politics and law. It restores our capacity to unearth the wisdom of oneness, older and deeper than the polarity of all conflict.  Through a re-definition of the true purpose of sound and song as a wisdom language for our time, Chloe demonstrates the power of our sound intelligence to transform negative conflict or dissonance into a resonance with life, personal and universal. This courageous, rewarding process bridges our inner life with our outer world.
Goal:To introduce vocal practices and energy movements that access 3 realms of self-awareness through sound awareness:
Learning Objectives:To facilitate a direct experience of Sound Intelligence, as a wisdom language for our time.
• Contemplative love, an impersonal, benignly disinterested love, rooted in the unchanging world of silence and the inner life, accessed through sacred chant and mantra, and deep non-judgmental listening,
• Creative Love, an engaging personalized love, rooted in the ever-changing complexities of the passionate imagining mind, accessed by the Seven Sounds of love, or musical chakras, and
• Compassionate Love, an all-inclusive transpersonal love, rooted in an unconditional regard for the well being of humanity, transforming negative emotions into positive human feeling, accessed through the 7 musical modes and the Singing Field anthem.


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Songs of the Mystics — Live in Concert at the Royal Festival, London - May 2000 Abida Parveen  
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Abida Parveen sings Songs of the Mystics
Live Concert at the Royal Festival
London, May 2000

"Owner of one of the most remarkable voices on the planet" — New York Times

"Sufism and music are inseparable and their message of love and peace is universal" — Abida Parveen

Abida Parveen is feted as heir to the crown of the late Qawwali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. For over a decade her golden voice has swept audiences into trance with scintillating renderings of devotional ecstatic Sufi mystic poetry. She is the only female Muslim exponent of devotional music and the only woman allowed to sing a the shrines of the Sufi saints. Singing mainly in Urdu, Sindhi, Hindi, Punjabi, and Seraiki, her beautiful, uplifting music transcends all linguistic boundaries and she performs all over the world to people of all creeds.

dvd-0780 [nvs] [Music / Islam & Sufism]

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Monsieur Ibrahim Dominique Faysse, François Dupeyron  
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MONSIEUR IBRAHIM
a film by Francois Dupeyron
starring Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki, Isabelle Renauld, Lola Naymark
95 min.
French with English subtitles

Screen legend Omar Sharif (Hidalgo, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago) is Monsieur Ibrahim, an elderly widower who owns a grocery store in a shabby, working-class section of Paris. His life takes on new meaning when he befriends Momo, a lonely teenage boy (Pierre Boulanger). in Ibrahim, Momo finds the father he never had, a patient man infused with kindness and a wisdom that he freely shares. And Momo awakens within Ibrahim a taste for grand adventure, which takes them on a journey that will change their lives forever. "A beautiful testament to the power of love. A wonderful story that celebrates what holds us together rather than pulls us apart." - Paul Clinton, CNN
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Some crowded Parisian atmosphere and the burnished presence of Omar Sharif make this coming-of-age tale a pleasure. It's the early 1960s, and an adolescent Jewish boy (Pierre Boulanger), mostly left to his own devices by an ineffectual father, makes friends with the worldly wise Persian man (Sharif) who runs a small neighborhood grocery. The kid's fumbling experiences with sexual curiosity are the reliable stuff of many a French movie, but the unlikely friendship of young Jew and old Muslim make for an offbeat through-line. Francois Dupeyron's film shifts gears in its final section, moving from its flavorful location and into the wide-open spaces, and it goes on too long with too many pieces of advice. But overall this is a warm and winning experience, with Omar Sharif holding an instructive class in the power of understated movie-star charisma. —Robert Horton

dvd-0779 [nvs] [Feature Film / Islam & Sufism]

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The Mawlid of al-Barzanji with the Al-Zawiya Singers // Cape Town Shaykh Seraj Hendricks  
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THE MAWLID
OF IMAM AL-BARZANJI
with the Al-Zawiya Singers // Cape Town

Released January 2011
Running Time approx. 70 mins
 
Arabic with English subtitles

Mishkat Media presents the Mawlid of al-Barzanji, one of the classics of traditional Islamic culture. It is a sung celebration of the birth and greatness of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, traditionally recited on the anniversary of his birth.
 
Allah and His Angels bless the Prophet.
O you who believe, bless him and
salute him abdundantly!
(Holy Qur'an, Chapter 33 Verse 56)
 
Giving thanks for the Holy Prophet is an obligation in Islam; and in this work, Imam Ja’far al-Barzanji (d.1764), a scholar of Kurdish origin who was born and studied in Madina, has given the world the most popular of all recitals of the Prophetic birth.

This recording of the Mawlid al-Barzanji was made in Cape Town, with the celebrated Mawlid Jama’at of the Al-Zawiya Mosque, under the direction of Shaykh Seraj Hendricks, formerly Chair of the Fatwa Committee of Cape Town. The film includes full English subtitles of the Arabic recitation.

The DVD also includes the following extra features:
:: Understanding the Mawlid by Shaykh Seraj Hendricks
:: Interview with the Singers by George Warner
:: Nkosi Sikeleli Africa by the Desert Rose Dhikr Choir

dvd-0778 [nvs] [Music / Islam & Sufism - Documentary]

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The Nag Hammadi Library: The Story Behind the Story James M Robinson  
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THE NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY:
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
with James M Robinson
2-dvds, 4 hours

From Westar Institute’s Fall 2009 Meeting.
Hear the tales of intrigue surrounding the discover of the Nag Hammadi codices from James Robinson, Permanent Secretary of the UNESCO International Committee for the Nag Hammadi Codices, as told to him by Muhammad Ali who himself discovered them. Robinson looks in depth at the trafficking, marketing, monopolizing, and publishing of the Library, and explores the question, “Gnosticism—why is it heresy?”
James M. Robinson (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Director Emeritus of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity and Professor of Religion Emeritus at Claremont Graduate University. He was honored as a Fulbright Scholar, American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and American Association of Theological Schools Fellow at the University of Heidelberg. The editor of The Sayings Gospel Q in Greek and English (2002), The Critical Edition of Q (2000), and author of Trajectories Through Early Christianity (1971, with Helmut Koester) and A New Quest of the Historical Jesus (1959), he is best known for his work on the Nag Hammadi Codices and as the General Editor of The Nag Hammadi Library in English (1977).
dvd-0776 - dvd-0777 [nvs] [Christian - Documentary]

Eastern Mystics: Volume Four Eric Temple  
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EASTERN MYSTICS: Volume Three
a film by Eric Temple
features Huston Smith and Derek Lin
(full set: 4-dvds, 8 hours and 24 min.)
Disc Three: 2 hours 29 min.
dvd-0722 [nvs] [Interfaith & Comparative Religion / Taosim]

Eastern Mystics is a 4-Disc DVD set containing a series of engaging interviews with Dr. Huston Smith and mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita and Taoist traditions. The mystics address profound questions about the meaning of life and love, Ultimate Reality, the path to spiritual awakening, and the way to true peace in the world. They encourage us to look beyond our apparent differences, to realize the one truth that unites us all, and most importantly, to manifest that truth in our daily lives. They offer us the opportunity to become part of the movement to bring peace and harmony to our own lives and to the world in which we live. They exhort us to discover "The Sacred Ordinary."

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Eastern Mystics: Volume Three Eric Temple  
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EASTERN MYSTICS: Volume Three
a film by Eric Temple
features Swami Karunananda, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Wayne Liquorman, and Gangaji
(full set: 4-dvds, 8 hours and 24 min.)
Disc Three: 2 hours 29 min.

dvd-0721 [yvs — Intro 0:10—4:33 / Karunananda 4:35—42:27 / Vasudev 42:29—1:23:50 / Gangaji 157:04—2:29:09] [Interfaith & Comparative Religion / Hinduism]…..

Eastern Mystics is a 4-Disc DVD set containing a series of engaging interviews with Dr. Huston Smith and mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita and Taoist traditions. The mystics address profound questions about the meaning of life and love, Ultimate Reality, the path to spiritual awakening, and the way to true peace in the world. They encourage us to look beyond our apparent differences, to realize the one truth that unites us all, and most importantly, to manifest that truth in our daily lives. They offer us the opportunity to become part of the movement to bring peace and harmony to our own lives and to the world in which we live. They exhort us to discover "The Sacred Ordinary."

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Eastern Mystics: Volume Two Eric Temple  
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EASTERN MYSTICS: Volume Two
a film by Eric Temple
features John Daido Loori Roshi, Joan Halifax Roshi, Lama Norlha Rinpoche, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
(full set: 4-dvds, 8 hours and 24 min.)
Disc Two: 2 hours 10 min.

dvd-0720 [yvs — Loori 3:03—54:03 / Halifax 54:25—1:32:56 / Mingyur 1:47:49—2:10:05] [Interfaith & Comparative Religion / Buddhism]…..

Eastern Mystics is a 4-Disc DVD set containing a series of engaging interviews with Dr. Huston Smith and mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita and Taoist traditions. The mystics address profound questions about the meaning of life and love, Ultimate Reality, the path to spiritual awakening, and the way to true peace in the world. They encourage us to look beyond our apparent differences, to realize the one truth that unites us all, and most importantly, to manifest that truth in our daily lives. They offer us the opportunity to become part of the movement to bring peace and harmony to our own lives and to the world in which we live. They exhort us to discover "The Sacred Ordinary."

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Eastern Mystics: Volume One Eric Temple  
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EASTERN MYSTICS: Volume One
a film by Eric Temple
features Joseph Goldstein, Ajahn Amaro, Bhante Gunaratana
(full set: 4-dvds, 8 hours and 24 min.)
Disc One: 2 hours 31 min.

dvd-0719 [yvs — Goldstein 5:38-58:23 / Amaro 59:28—1:50 / Gunartana 1:51—2:31] [Interfaith & Comparative Religion / Buddhism]…..

Eastern Mystics is a 4-Disc DVD set containing a series of engaging interviews with Dr. Huston Smith and mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita and Taoist traditions. The mystics address profound questions about the meaning of life and love, Ultimate Reality, the path to spiritual awakening, and the way to true peace in the world. They encourage us to look beyond our apparent differences, to realize the one truth that unites us all, and most importantly, to manifest that truth in our daily lives. They offer us the opportunity to become part of the movement to bring peace and harmony to our own lives and to the world in which we live. They exhort us to discover "The Sacred Ordinary."

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