Short films on socially engaged Buddhism to be screened at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Robin Williams Center
At 7 PM on May 15, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation will host a screening of four original short films, along with a Q & A and panel discussion, at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Robin Williams Center in New York City. The films feature stories on socially engaged Buddhism in the United States and beyond.
It is the special debut of “The Peace Inside”, a short narrative film about a Chinese immigrant who painstakingly finds solace through Buddhist teachings in prison, followed by a Q & A with cast and crew. The evening will also premiere three documentaries, including “Second Chances,” filmed in St. Louis, Missouri; “Compassionate Chaplaincy,” filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and “Finding Liberation in Trauma,” filmed at the Rikers Island Correctional Center, New York.
The concluding panel discussion will include Sensei Joshin Byrnes, Vice Abbot of Upaya Zen Center; Peter Wallace, Board Member of Inside Dharma and Supervisor at the Laughing Bear Bakery; Justin Von Bujdoss, Staff Chaplain at the NYC Department of Correction; and Han Huang, CEO of Tzu Chi USA.
Tickets are now on sale for $8 at https://tinyurl.com/OTBP-Tickets. The event runs until 10 PM at 247 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019. Further screenings will also include St. Louis, Missouri and Los Angeles, California in the months to come.
Visit www.tzuchi.us/OnBuddhasPath for more information.
About Tzu Chi
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit NGO with the missions of charity, medicine, disaster relief, and education. Its footprint of aid at the forefront of poverty reduction and disaster relief has reached over 94 countries since 1966. In 2016, Tzu Chi USA distributed over $2 million in aid, benefiting those impacted by 48 disasters in the US. Between 1993 and 2016, it offered medical services to 551,176 disadvantaged individuals. Its mobile food pantry serves impoverished communities in California weekly, benefiting 20,000 families annually. From 2006 to 2016, Tzu Chi USA provided character education to over 25,000 students. It also offered spiritual support and guidance to inmates through publications and letters.