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BFFE - Lo Sum Choe Sum

The traditional “3 Year 3 Month Retreat” or “Lo Sum Choe Sum” is practiced by Buddhist monks, nuns and other devout practitioners.

3 years, 3 months, and 3 days is calculated as the time needed to achieve a higher state of clarity and motivation. By cutting oneself off from the world, and delving into the inner mind, the retreat is supposed to transform the practitioner. Can Lhamo, a young, wounded girl facing the harsh gaze of the world, find her own form of retreat and redemption?


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Tashi and the Monk
On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago left a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.

Surrounded by poverty, today the community is stretched beyond capacity and Lobsang faces the heartbreaking task of saying no to the requests he receives for new kids to join. Five year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?

Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke 
India 2015
Monpa & Hindi with English subtitles
40 min

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Alga del Mar - a Zen story? 
A homeless Latin American woman in 1980’s Amsterdam who wanders around town singing tango and looking for a place to sleep, finds herself practicing zazen, the sitting meditation of the Buddhas. Living the present moment as a zen nun of the 21st century.  A journey from squatted houses to zen temples, from heart breaking tango songs to zen sutras. Just another zen story?

Héctor Ferreiro 
Netherlands 2015
Spanish with English subtitles
37 min
Followed by a Q&A with the director