One Mind: NY Film Premiere | A Cinematic Portrait of a Zen Buddhist Community in China
Where: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
212-620-5000 Price: $18
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Your daily ritual might include a few minutes of silent meditation, but imagine devoting eight hours every day to silent contemplation. One Mind is a rare cinematic portrait of life inside one of China’s most austere and revered Zen communities. The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery continue to uphold a strict monastic code established over 1,200 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China. In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea, and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires. At the heart of this community, cloistered meditators sit in silence for eight hours every day.