Movie and Popcorn: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hahn
Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:14 AM
We will show a movie at 7 PM and have a short discussion afterwards. We will have popcorn and snacks at no cost. This is a totally free event for education and consciousness raising. It will be held in the Church Hall. Everyone is welcome!
Chinese Community Church
[masked]th Ave., N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Contact person: Tom:[masked]
Peace Is Every Step-Meditation In Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hahn
Below is what one reviewer, Patrick Goonan, wrote:
This is a very well done portrait of Thich Nhat Hanh. The most important and engaging aspect of this production is that is conveys Thich Nhat Hanh's personality and soul. This is what I find to be the most transformational aspect of his Being. To bring this forth so beautifully, constitutes art.
While the documentary covers some highlights from the Vietnam period, the underlying message is really about finding peace in yourself and sharing this in your sphere of influence. Part of this message is that everything and everyone is interdependent, Thich Nhat Hanh refers to this as "interbeing." In other words, love and happiness by its very nature is intersubjective and individual happiness apart from others is an illusion.
The film also portrays Plum Village, which is Thich Nhat Hanh's headquarters in France. This is a worldwide retreat center and monastery and the film gives a feel for the day-to-day life of Thich Nhat Hanh.
What I really value here is the portrayal of the inner life of a world famous leader and peace activist. It conveys the power of love and non-violence that is embodies in this gentle and humble man.
The film is also appropriate for younger people. While there are vignettes of Vietnam, there were no violent scenes. I think this makes the film ideal for kids 10 and older. Thich Nhat Hanh is a great example of the power of vulnerability, sensitivity and gentle persistence coming from a grounded and loving place. I believe this is a very worthwhile message to convey to our youth and the film length at less than an hour is idea for classroom environments.