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The Meditative Life 2017: Consciousness, Spirit, Thinking, and Being

May 11–June 25, 2017

An exploration of thinking, being, loving, and living—and the ways ideas about consciousness and spirituality are seeping into our understanding of health, aging, and life in general.

SERIES TRAILER

Sacred May 11 Encore Screening! Shot by 40 filmmaking teams in 25 countries, Sacred is an immersion into spiritual practices across cultures and religions—from a…
Golden Kingdom May 14 “Compelling and elegantly crafted throughout, and hugely evocative—though never in a falsely idealizing way—of an enclosed world with its own…
A Night at the Opera with Cinema Nirvana Author Dean Sluyter May 15 Q&A Programming Director Brian Ackerman with author Dean Sluyter followed by a book signing Anyone on a spiritual path knows that teachers can be found anywhere—but it took meditation instructor and film critic Dean…
Seven Songs for a Long Life May 21   “This incredibly moving documentary is all the more affecting because of the unsentimental way it’s told.” (The Guardian) The…
Portrait of a Garden May 29   “Remarkably evocative. A zen meditation on time, nature and human activity.” (New York Times) “Sublime… more than a fine…
The Happy Film May 30 “Entertaining to its core… Universally compelling” (Film Journal) “Personal, thoughtful, and visually arresting.” (Scientific American) Grammy Award–winning graphic designer Stefan…
The Sunshine Makers June 7   “An ode to the counterculture’s well-intentioned ethos and the dubious conduct it spawned, Mellen’s film is the rare documentary…
Notes on Blindness June 8   “Magnificent…The tone of the narration is so wrenchingly honest that the film never lapses into self-pity or relies on…
The Last Shaman June 25 Back by popular demand! James Freeman grew up outside Boston, worked hard for his good grades, and was accepted into a prestigious New England…

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