Screening of Journey of the Heart: A Film

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

Embarcadero Center Cinema
1 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco

This documentary is produced and directed by Ravi Verma, who lives in the Sacramento area. This documentary has in-depth interviews with several Buddhist scholars, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, B. Alan Wallace, Mattheiu Ricard, and Thupten Jinpa. This film was shot at the following locations in India and Nepal: Ayodhya, Mathura, Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Kushinagara, Vaishali, Vikramshila, Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Patna, and Katihar.

This film has two major points of focus: the Buddhist text, the Heart Sutra, which is part of the Ultimate Wisdom Text of Buddhism, and the travel diary of the 7th Chinese monk Xuanzang, who undertook a 10,000-mile and 16-year-long journey to India to Vulture’s Peak, where the Heart Sutra is supposed to have been delivered.

The Heart Sutra is a dialog between two prominent figures in Buddhism: Arya Avalokiteshvara and Arya Shariputra. This dialog is supposed to have happened in the presence of the Lord Buddha at the top of a hill called Griddhra Kut, or Vulture's Peak, in Rajgir, Bihar, India. The place still exists today.

Dr. Paul Ekman who has co-authored the book "Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance" with His Holiness the Dalai Lama will introduce the film on June 13th.

There will also be a screening of a 15 minute documentary on the Tibetan Children's Village (TCV). This event is a fund raiser for TCV.

More information and tickets
You can watch a preview of the film HERE