BFFE - Thuiskomen + Ram Dass
How can the suffering of people in the West be alleviated? That is what clinical psychologist Hans Knibbe sees as his goal (1949). Starting in the sixties, he focused on forms of therapy such as Gestalt and neo-Reichian bodywork, and actively studied Buddhism.
His conviction that we can overcome our suffering and his finding that a purely psychological or Buddhist approach cannot satisfy the modern man were the origin of his School of Being-Orientation – a spiritually-based training for therapists, which for some also became a training for life. Knibbe finds his most important inspiration in Dzogchen, a form of liberal Tibetan Buddhism which he adapted into a modern path of an enlightened art of living. The film unravels what this for him means in practice, as we meet the participants of a Being-Orientation retreat and follow Knibbe in La Gomera, the place of his home-coming.
Screened with Ram Dass, Going Home. Ram Dass is one of the most important cultural figures from the 1960s and 70s. A psychedelic pioneer, author of Be Here Now, beloved spiritual teacher and outspoken advocate for death and-dying awareness, Ram Dass is now himself approaching the end of his life. Suffering a life-changing stroke twenty years ago, he has deepened his spiritual practice — which is centred on love and his idea of merging with his surroundings and all living things. An intimate summary of his life learning and awareness, the film is ultimately a poetic meditation on life, death, and the soul’s journey home.
With Q&A with the director of Thuiskomen (Pat van Boeckel).