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Chant: Spirit in Sound

An audio meditation by Robert Gass

A multicultural exploration of old musical traditions, the Chant: Spirit in Sound CD set brings to life the remarkable world of traditional and contemporary chant.
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Chants under the musical direction of Michael Fitzpatrick

In Kentucky, Abbey of Gesthemani Benedictine Monks and Drepung Loseling Monks descend into Mammoth Cave, the largest cave system in the world, and gather at the Furnace Mountain Zen Temple and the Abbey of Gethsemani to record authentic chants from their religious traditions.
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Daughters of Wisdom

A film by Bari Pearlman

For centuries, the women of rural Tibet have been relegated to subservient roles. Regarded as capable of little more than churning butter, bearing children and saying prayers, they have lived servile lives without access to education or the time to practice Buddhism to the same degree as men. In Daughters of Wisdom, the filmmaker creates a vivid, intimate portrait of the lives of these women, and witnesses their culture, a culture on the verge of positive social change realized through education and religious cultivation.

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The Departure

A film by Lana Wilson

In Japan, a remarkable group of Japanese Buddhist priests combat a suicide epidemic, inspiring people to survive.

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Dharma River: Journey of a Thousand Buddhas

A film by John Bush

The striking visuals in the film Dharma River flow along the legendary rivers of Laos, Thailand and Burma. The camera weaves through Buddhist temples and mystical sites and the passing imagery transports the viewer to places of stunning beauty and spirituality that most will never see.
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Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

A film by Ayelet Menahemi and Eilona Ariel

A decade ago, the Inspector General in New Delhi, India, decided to undertake major reforms of the Indian prison system. She asked for advice on how best to go about it and found her answer inside the Tihar Prison through an ancient Indian system of meditation called Vipassana, which was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. Doing Time, Doing Vipassana is a very moving documentary that focuses on interviews with a number of Tihar Prison inmates as they experience life before, during and after a Vipassana course.
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Drops of Emptiness

An audio meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master in the Vietnamese tradition, scholar, poet and peace activist, says that his heart "is cooled by drops of emptiness." He and Sister Chan Khong, with the Monks and Nuns of Plum Village, which he founded, give the gifts of meditative poetry, chanting and solace to all listeners of this CD.
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