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  • Actors: Gangaji, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Jeff Foster, Daniel Barron, Pamela Wilson
  • Directors: Joel Lesko
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Bright Age Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AVC9OO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tears of the Buddha: Spirituality & Emotions explores the spiritual path through the lens of emotion. Director Joel Lesko interviews modern Buddhistic, Advaita or Satsang teachers to find out how their teachings apply in daily life - are emotions an impediment to spiritual growth? What about so-called unspiritual emotions like anger and hate? Do emotions trap a seeker in the personal self?

Tears is a serious look at an area of life that is often confusing and problematic for people in spiritual practices. Rather than another documentary about a teacher's enlightenment or awakening, Tears of the Buddha questions age-old teachings about emotions and leads to an important conversation about individual selfhood - is it real or is it an illusion? Lesko shares his own experiences and interviews leading teachers including Gangaji, Eli-Jaxon-Bear, Jeff Foster, Daniel Barron, and others.

About the Director

Joel Lesko is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced films featuring Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, Ram Dass, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Larry Dossey, Michael Murphy, Roland McCraty, Al Gore and other teachers, authors and leaders. Joel's work has appeared on PBS, network and cable TV, and has received a number of awards, including many Telly's, Aurora, Summit, Videographer, and the Iowa Film Award. Before embarking on his career in film and video, Joel traveled the world as a teacher of meditation. In this film, he set out to discover how spiritual teachings about emotions impact daily life.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fred Davis VINE VOICE on January 2, 2013
Format: DVD
This new film by Joel Lesko is an important addition to Nondual culture. I've watched this film twice in a week. Voting with my attention in that way is already the highest compliment I can give it. This field study of Nondual views on emotions--which is what the film really represents--is not about providing pat answers to lofty spiritual questions. What it does is far more useful--it raises lots of excellent questions about spiritual views and positions; views and positions which we often refer to as truth.

I'm not an expert in philosophy, transpersonal psychology, or any field other than suffering. I'm just a guy who woke up to his true nature and has been trying to incorporate that into my human experience, just as I have simultaneously been trying to incorporate my human experience into my Nondual view. I am a gap that is hell bent on closing itself. That's really what this film points to: embracing everything, including our humanity. Hurray! This is true Nonduality, which by definition excludes nothing, including the beauty, wonder, and inherent value of our relative lives. As I'm fond of saying, I noticed that after awakening there was still a human here, and he still wanted lunch. Why would I want to dismiss my vehicle? All too often I fear that we do.

Joel takes us on a grand tour of how a wide array of spiritual teachers view emotions. One of the things he wisely points out is that although many of the teachers appear to be saying the same thing, close attention will prove that they are not. Each teacher represents a specific paradigm. If and when we closely align ourselves with that paradigm, we are aligning ourselves with a version of truth. There's nothing wrong with that, but we need to be aware that it's taking place.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HM on February 7, 2013
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This film has opened my eyes and my heart in an unexpected way. As a former Satsang consumer I searched for "Who am I" for a long time and I've become more and more frustrated that enlightened teachers couldn't help me with my emotional turbulences on my path.
Joel is right on with his questions, they illuminate the differences between old school enlightenment where emotions are viewed as energies or mysterious phenomena, and the new school enlightenment where emotions are viewed as the root of our being and don't have to be transcended in order to live an enlightened life, as offered by Daniel Barron.
Joel doesn't take any positions, he gives space to the viewers to feel what is true for them. All in all a remarkable movie that I highly recommend for anyone who wants to get a taste of how spirituality and emotions are dancing to the same music, the melody of the soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2013
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'Tears of the Buddha' is a highly important movie, because it deals with an issue of life - our feelings and emotions - where are so many questions and where I never got a sufficient answer from my Advaita and Buddhist teachers.

Of course Joel Lesko, director of the movie, does not give the 'right' answer.

But Joel chose a unique setting to illuminate this area of the human heart in a new and productive way. First he identified ten essential questions about emotions, e.g. what are emotions, who am I? Then he asked those questions twelve spiritual teachers and presented their answers side by side. The answers are striking and specific to each teacher, so that the observer can distinguish the different positions and make up his/her own mind. This is a beautiful possibility that has not been existed before.

Because 'Tears of the Buddha' is so comprehensive it is sometimes difficult to 'understand'. I had to watch and feel it in steps. In either case I recommend discussing it with friends.

It was a surprise to me that each teacher had his/her personal opinion and that there was such a wide range. On the one side some teachers regarded emotions as neutral energies belonging to nobody, on the other side Daniel Barron suggested that emotions are essential to our self. This position that emotions and self are compatible with nondual enlightenment is very important for me, and I believe that a real discussion about this issue is overdue.

Finally to say that 'Tears' answered many of my old questions. That's great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kimmer Goldblatt on January 23, 2013
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Wow..... what a right/left brain and heart opening documentary!
Also the music is beautiful, it holds meaning and helps support the words and gives us deeper meaning, bringing us to a higher place of understanding.
Great job David, I feel your truth coming from your music!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JS on January 12, 2013
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This film breaks new spiritual ground by accessibly approaching spirituality from a meta-to-spirituality place. In other words, most treatments of any subject come from too much within a paradigm, and not asking the hard questions that might threaten a model's assumptions or explanations for phenomena.

In other words, rarely do you see a treatment of spirituality that actually sees models for what they are: models. Listen carefully to what is said here and you will see the limits of the models many of these teachers do not see, because they are unwilling to look at their own systems as possibly incomplete. The director has done a wonderful job asking the hard questions in a respectful, earnest and passionate way and the result is a body of work that ought to be appreciated by many seekers who maybe don't know the questions to ask yet.

This film one day will be part of any metaphysical, philosophical, or spiritual higher education program.
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