Movie Night

There are many films that can inspire us to think about and reflect on our lives, the world and those we share it with. They can help us understand the challenges others are facing, enabling us to relate to and empathise with what’s happening around us and further afield. They inform and empower us to ask the bigger questions about our lives or provide some answers to those we are already asking. Some of these will be shown at Land of Joy on the 3rd Monday of every month. Come and join us in our coachhouse community room for the film, popcorn and a hot drink.

Next Movie in February

Title: Chasing Buddha

Date: Monday 17th February 7pm

In 1998 Amiel and his childhood friend cinematographer Vincent Heimann spent three months on the road, documenting Ven. Robina’s visits to the centers of her teachers, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe, on the East Coast and in California, as she led courses and retreats. Joking about her renowned energy and relentless pace, and the two of them seemingly forever chasing after her, Vinnie said at one point “We should call this film ‘Chasing Buddha’!”

The heart of the film that Amiel created is revealed in Ven. Robina’s meetings with the inmates of Kentucky State Penitentiary, where Amiel and his cameraman had unprecedented access, including to those on death row and others serving life sentences.


Next Movie in March

Title: The Cup

Date: Monday 16th March 7pm

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented by various circumstances from seeing the Cup finals on television in a nearby village, Orgyen sets out to organize the rental of a TV set for the monastery. The enterprise becomes a test of solidarity, resourcefulness and friendship for the students, while the Lama, head of the monastery, contemplates the challenges of teaching the word of Buddha in a rapidly changing world. Written by