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Film is an effective medium in which to communicate ideas both engaging and informative, and it is to this end that we at the Chenrezig Project, a Snoqualmie Valley-based (Duvall) Tibetan Buddhist study/practice/meditation group are hosting the first Duvall (Buddhist) Dharma Film Festival, being held at the Duvall Visitor Center on Saturday, June 9 from 1:00-9:30pm. (‘Chenrezig’ is the Tibetan icon of Compassion.).

The Festival provides (interested and/or curious) local audiences with an opportunity to discover films that communicate and share the beauty of Tibetan Buddhist culture, spirituality and sensibilities — ideas and methods that many people find meaningful and enriching regardless of faith, philosophies or religion.

This is a free event, a gift to the community; there is no charge to view any of the four films being screened.


We believe there is a simple, universal message of wisdom and compassion in Buddhism that can benefit everyone, regardless of faith or background.  We provide a safe atmosphere for people to gather, listen, discuss and learn these ancient, meaningful teachings.  It was years ago in Florida we decided a film festival should be a core outreach activity of the Chenrezig Project, and here we are, now at our local Visitor Center, screening films for this community . . . truly fantastic!


We’ll kick off the screenings at 1:00pm on June 9th with a biography of the 14th Dalai Lama titled “Dalai Lama: The Soul of Tibet” (an A&E production).

At 2:15pm we’ll be screening “Unmistaken Child” – a profoundly moving documentary of a Tibetan Buddhist monk’s search for the reincarnation of his beloved master.

At 4:30pm we’ll be sharing “Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation” – narrated by Leonard Cohen, a film providing a remarkably clear explanation of the dying process (during and after) we’ll all encounter according to classic Tibetan teachings.

After a dinner break, we’ll reconvene at 7:00pm for our final film of the day, “Saint Misbehavin’” (aka The Wavy Gravy Movie) providing an entertaining – and unforgettable — trip through the extraordinary life of poet, clown, activist and modern-day Western Bodhisattva Wavy Gravy.

There will be ample discussion time between screenings, so come on down, expose yourself to these thought-provoking films, learn about one of humankind’s richest spiritual traditions, and have fun while doing so. (Bring a friend and/or make new ones.)

Duvall Dharma Film Festival contact info:

Mark Winwood — mwinwood [at] chenrezigproject [dot] org

mobile: (908) 421-5946