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Old Plum Mountain: The Berkeley Zen Center, Life Inside the Gate| 1hr : 06mins
Director: Edwin Herzog | Producer: Edwin Herzog
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, community, global, practice, spiritual awareness, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
For the past 40 years, the Berkeley Zen Center has offered the community a safe and supportive place to practice zazen (meditation) while also giving its members an opportunity to engage in a path of spiritual and self exploration. Why would people rise at five in the morning every day to sit for forty minutes in silence? What is it about Berkeley Zen Center that is so appealing? What is it about zazen practice that is life changing, life affirming, and yet for many, so difficult? Does zazen practice and Berkeley Zen Center offer anything that can be of benefit to the rest of America? Through interviews with its members and abbot, and by documenting its various activities, including sesshins (intensive meditation retreats), ordination and other ceremonies, “Old Plum Mountain” answers these questions and describes how zazen meditation is practiced there and how it has changed and benefitted BZC members’ lives.
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