Saturday, March 17, 2007

to the other shore - gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha.

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate: gone, gone, gone to the other shore, svaha. I named my last film To the Other Shore after Buddha's great mantra: Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha: Gone Gone to the other shore, gone together to the other shore. Oh awakening! The making of To The Other Shore was accepting death as part of life. In the various phases of making the film over ten years (1986-1996) there were many deaths: parents, parents in law and not least - the death of the script. To live as if there is no script - in a state of freedom - that is the challenge, as the great heart sutra suggests.
Here are details on where to purchase copies of the film and the Study Guide to To the Other Shore . Photo by Sandy Edwards

1 comment:

  1. Sounds very intresting and thought provoking.

    Buddhism's philosophies on death have always been very appealing to me.

    I often wonder about how differently the 3 major Abrahmist religions today look at death.

    I think its very sad that the popularity of monotheistic theism is rising in the developed world even amongst the 2nd and 3rd generation of migrants.

    Good luck with your next production. Let me know if you're having an opening night for the doc. :)