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Free the Mind: Special Screening and discussion at the Little Theater

FREE THE MIND (80 min., not rated), a new independent documentary film about mindfulness that is screening in Rochester’s The Little Theatre for one night only, Sunday, February 9th at 7PM, including a mindfulness discussion with Rochester Zen Center’s (RZC) Abbot and Director Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede and a medical doctor teaching mindfulness, University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Michael Krasner MD.

FREE THE MIND concentrates on the ground-breaking experimental treatment of mental disorders through mindfulness meditation. The film focuses on the struggles of American war veterans suffering from PTSD and children with behavioral difficulties, tracking their strenuous lives and gradual improvement through mindfulness meditation training and breathing exercises. Please find the trailer & more info below.

(* Note:  I am posting the event, but am unable to attend.  You can attend as an individual, or connect through the message board under the event.  Enjoy!  Brian *)

The Little Theatre 
240 East Ave, 
Rochester, NY 14604 
Film Info & Tickets: 

This is a SPECIAL SCREENING, including a mindfulness discussion with Rochester Zen Center’s (RZC) Abbot and Director Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede and a medical doctor teaching mindfulness, University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Michael Krasner MD! 

Free the Mind 
Directed by Phie Ambo 

In 1992 Professor Richard J. Davidson, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness. Dr. Davidson, who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006, did just that, and the results of his studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds are portrayed in this fascinating new documentary about the science behind meditation. The film poses two questions: What is consciousness and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it actually possible to change the brain physically through mental practices alone?

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  • June V.

    The movie was great. I think only a few of us got in, but I only saw Larry.

    February 11, 2014

    • Louise

      I agree. Thought provoking movie. This was my first time with this meet up. Sorry people couldn't get in.

      February 11, 2014

  • Larry O.

    Freeing the Mind was very interesting. It documented the power of mediation on mental health symptoms. Altho' not successful for all, they showed cases of improvement (not cure) for combat survivors and a traumatized child. Very powerful movie. Would have liked coffee and discussion afterwards, but it is Sunday and tomorrow is a work day.

    Char, thanks for saving me a seat. Why does that matter? Because 'Freeing the Mind' sold out.

    February 9, 2014

    • char c.

      I agree and you're welcome Larry. Thanks for the walk to my car.

      February 10, 2014

  • Scott

    I'm so disappointed I missed this event; I got there after tickets had sold out. Sorry I missed seeing you guys - hope you all enjoyed the film and discussion.

    February 10, 2014

  • John J.

    Couldn't get in, since they were all sold out at about 6:45. :(

    February 9, 2014

  • Kathleen F.

    Sorry. I got mixed up and thought the film was at the Dryden. See you all at the Little

    February 8, 2014

  • Kathleen F.

    Shall we meet in the balcony? What about Starry Nites after the film?

    February 8, 2014

  • Jean

    And thanks to Brian for posting this - I would have been bummed to miss it.

    February 8, 2014

  • Kathy K

    Saying no-a bit late for a Sunday, but if I'm up to it, I'll be there! Great subject.

    February 8, 2014

  • Jean

    Roshi Bodhin is a great down-to-earth guy and a very engaging speaker

    February 8, 2014

  • Brian

    I won't be in attendance, but hopefully like-minded people can find each other.

    February 7, 2014

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