|2012-2013 Series At A Glance
||Un Buda ('A Buddha')
||Everything Must Go
||The Makioka Sisters
||Buddha's Lost Children
||Meditate and Destroy
• all films presented on Saturday evenings at 7
• general admission at the door: $10/film, $60/series
• mental health professionals earning 3 CEs, $35/film at the door, $200/series (see details below)
• post-film discussions moderated by faculty of the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy and the Arlington Center
• free refreshments
Saturday, October 6, 7pm
Starring Kantaro Nakamura, Ryushin Tei, Zheng Tianyong, Yuki Uchida
Directed by Banmei Takahashi, 2009
With their emphasis on meditation and direct experience, the radical teachings of Zen master Dogen have been exalted in Japan since the 13th century. Exquisitely wrought, Zen unspools the richly dramatic thread of Dogen’s life and awakening with vivid immediacy. His path as a young monk was no less remarkable: shunning the politics and de-emphasis on practice at Mount Hiei, he set out at age 23 on a dangerous journey to China to study Chinese Chan. Despite his success, Dogen was disaffected with his teachers’ over-reliance on koans and persisted with his search until finally being led to the meditation adept Juqing and achieving realization. Even then, Dogen would encounter fierce resistance upon his return to Japan as his growing school begins to threaten the traditionalist establishment. Exotic and remote as they may seem, some of the very same conflicts continue to resonate today
Un Buda ('A Buddha')
Saturday, November 3, 7pm
Starring Augustín Markert, Diego Rafecas, Carolina Fal
Directed by Diego Refecas, 2005
How does one emerge from childhood tragedy and come to maturity? In the case of Rafael and Tomás - orphaned when their spiritually and politically engaged parents were taken in Argentina’s ‘Dirty Wars’ - different paths have been taken. The older one has sought shelter in academia, where he leads a lonely life of intellectual detachment, while the younger brother avidly experiments with meditation and ascetic practices amidst the street scene and nightlife of Buenos Aires. Before long, the brothers’ paths will cross and re-cross, culminating in a Zen retreat in the mountains of Cordoba. Un Buda is an uncommonly touching account of emotional and spiritual redemption
Saturday, December 1, 7pm
Featuring Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, Yeshi Namkhai
Directed by Jennifer Fox, 2011
My Reincarnation chronicles Chögyal Namkhai Norbu's rise to greatness as a Tibetan Buddhist teacher in the West alongside the story of his son, Yeshi, who was recognized at birth as the reincarnation of another famous spiritual master. Yeshi departs from the path so clearly defined by his father, however, and his story is another ordinary but penetrating look at the challenges associated with the Tibetan doctrine of rebirth and its survival in the West. This very personal story continues a theme that we examined in Unmistaken Child and Milarepa in the 2010 series and in Tulku last year. Although a documentary, this film has some profound teaching seamlessly stitched into it, but the observer must catch it on the fly since it is not directed toward the viewer - a stroke of Jennifer Fox’s directorial genius
Everything Must Go
Saturday, January 5, 7pm
Starring Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace
Directed by Dan Rush, 2010
Based on a short story by Raymond Carver, Everything Must Go is a story of a salesman, an ‘everyman’ whose life falls apart. Within 24 hours, Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell) loses his job and then finds that his wife has left him, changed the locks on his home, frozen the bank account and put all his possessions on the lawn. Facing public humiliation and living alfresco on his uneasy chair, Nick is forced to look at his life and his addiction to alcohol. Offering a deep glimpse into the suffering and sadness of the human condition, this is an emotionally powerful, finely rendered and unsentimental look at loss and acceptance
The Makioka Sisters
Saturday, February 2, 7pm
Starring Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayure Yoshinaga, Yuko Kotegawa, Juzo Itami
Directed by Kon Ichikawa, 1983
This stunningly beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto each year to view the cherry blossoms. It is set in Osaka in 1938 as the four daughters of a former merchant family face somewhat unknowingly the decline of their way of life. The two older sisters are married and have families, and the film’s narrative revolves around attempts to find an acceptable husband for the third sister while also attempting to rein in the independent, unconventional activities of the fourth. The emotional reserve that pervades the dialogue of the film is brilliantly counterpointed by the dazzling cinematography that pulls no punches at all. The Makioka Sisters is an unparalleled feast for the eye—a genuine example of visual dharma
Buddha's Lost Children
Saturday, March 9, 7pm
Featuring Phra Khru Bah & the boys
Directed by Mark Verkerk, 2006
This 2006 documentary takes place in Thailand's infamous Golden Triangle, a rugged border region known for its drugs, smuggling, and poverty among the hill tribes. Join former kickboxer turrned Buddhist monk, Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto, as he travels on horseback, fearlessly dispensing prayers and tough-love to save communities at risk in many ways. With his Golden Horse Temple he's built an orphanage, school and clinic - a haven for the children of the region, who see him as a shaman, father figure and coach
Saturday, April 6, 7pm
Starring Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, 2011
From its opening moments, in which a woman, Simin, asks for a divorce, A Separation is a gripping, morally complex Iranian film that won this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Refusing to leave his ailing father, who is slipping into the silent world of Alzheimer’s, Simin’s husband Nader has reneged on his promise to leave Iran for their adolescent daughter Termeh's future. When a magistrate refuses to grant a divorce, Simin leaves to live with her parents, forcing Nader to hire a housekeeper to care for his stricken father. As they all try to do what is best for themselves and their families, innocent acts have profound and tragic consequences. A Separation reveals a compassionate understanding of human behavior, family ties, class differences and moral dilemmas. A masterpiece with grace, realism and suspense, the film is a must-see for family and child therapists
Meditate and Destroy
Saturday, May 4, 7pm
Featuring Noah Levine, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Stephen & Ondrea Levine
Directed by Sarah Fisher, 2007
Think punk rock and Buddhism are mutually exclusive? Think again! Meditate and Destroy follows the journey of Noah Levine from his youth as a violent addict to his blossoming into one of the most dedicated and popular teachers in Western Buddhism today. He combines his experience, strength and hope with the Dharma and punk rock's DIY (Do It Yourself) attitude to help others transform their lives through the Dharma Punx movement. Levine brings his message - we really can meditate and destroy illusions! - to prisons, youth centers and juvenile halls and his own dharma centers, showing how Buddhist practices can overcome darkness and despair
Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy
Buddhist Psychology Program
This CE program is intended for licensed psychotherapists who are interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. The application of mindfulness and mindfulness-based psychotherapy is increasingly appreciated by the therapeutic community as an approach to reducing mental and emotional suffering. A film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center.
Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices were developed 2500 years ago to alleviate suffering, particularly related to challenges of daily life. These challenges are vividly portrayed through the medium of film and provide rich material for discussion. In this eight-session course, carefully-selected films elucidate basic concepts in the Buddhist approach to self-transformation and healing. Participants will learn, from the Buddhist perspective, about the cause of suffering and how to alleviate it, the fluid nature of self, impermanence, connection, intention, the illusory nature of experience, and the possibility of happiness. The film format is designed to provide both an intellectual and a visceral learning experience. Participation in the entire series is recommended, but not required, for CE credit.
Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IMP maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This course offers 3 hours of credit per session.
Social Workers: Application for continuing education credit has been made to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Credits pending.
Nurses: This course meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR) for 3 Contact Hours per session.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Each session is approved for 3 contact hours, Provider #6048, and is applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.
Paul Fulton, EdD is Director of Mental Health Programs for Tufts Health Plan, a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and a student of Buddhist psychology for over 35 years.
Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist practicing in Arlington, a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and an Instructor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School. He has over 27 years of experience in meditation and its use in psychotherapy.
Chip Hartranft is the founding director of The Arlington Center and author of The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary (Shambhala). His work bridges the traditions of yoga and Buddhist psychology.
Sara Lazar, PhD, is a neuroscientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.
Bill Morgan, PsyD, a clinical psychologist practicing in Cambridge, has practiced Buddhist meditation for 32 years and leads meditation retreats.
Stephanie Morgan, LICSW, PsyD is in private practice in Manchester-by-the Sea, MA, and has practiced Buddhist meditation for 28 years.
Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. She has practiced meditation in both Christian and Buddhist traditions for over 15 years
Tom Pedulla, LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts. In addition to working with individual adults, he also leads Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups for people coping with depression and anxiety. A practitioner of meditation in the Vipassana tradition since 1987, Tom also serves on the board of directors at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.
Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, Director of Continuing Education, is a clinical psychologist. Dr. Pollak received a degree in Comparative Religion from Harvard Divinity School, her doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University, and her clinical training through Harvard Medical School. She has been a clinician and Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School for 20 years, specializing in the integration of meditation and psychotherapy. She has had a meditation and yoga practice since childhood.
Ron Siegel, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Lincoln, MA, a member of the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and a long-term student of mindfulness meditation. He is a coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain and a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
Charles Styron, PsyD is a consulting psychologist for Caritas Norwood Hospital, has a private practice, and has been a practitioner and teacher in the Shambala and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist traditions for 27 years. He is also a professional and executive coach.
Janet Surrey, PhD is a founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute and co-director of the Gender Relations Project at the Stone Center, Wellesley College and has authored influential books on relational psychotherapy. She has been practicing meditation and psychotherapy for 27 years.
Christopher Willard, PsyD is a clinical psychologist. He works in private practice with adults and children and consulting about mental health issues in the workplace and in schools. He also continues to works at Tufts University where he completed his clinical training. Dr. Willard has been formally practicing meditation since 1999, with retreat practice in North America and Asia. He has taught mindfulness to developmentally disabled children, ex-cons, college students, and a wide range of professionals. Most recently, he is the author of Child's Mind, a book about teaching meditation to adolescents and children and is currently working on a book about mental health, mindfulness and positive psychology in the workplace.
This course will be taught at a level appropriate for post-graduate training of doctoral-level psychologists. The course will be limited to 50 clinicians. You can register at the door or in advance by contacting the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy.
Fee: The fee is $35 per evening session, or $200 for the full program. Sorry, fees for missed sessions will not be refunded. Fee for non-CE participants is $10 per evening session, or $60 for the full program.
Location: Films are screened at the Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474. The Arlington Center is conveniently located a short 5 min. walk east from Arlington Center, on the Mass Ave bus line.
Special Needs: Please inform us before the program if you have special needs, so we can make the necessary accommodations.
Please refrain from using scented products during the program.