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Join us for BuddhaFest!

Jun 01, 2013 04:45AM

The 4th Annual BuddhaFest will take place June 20 - 23 at Artisphere in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, VA. The festival presents a lively mix of films, discussions, meditation and music.

The festival, sponsored by, the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, The Center for Consciousness and Transformation at George Mason University, and Natural Awakenings, is a Buddhist inspired gathering featuring a diverse group of speakers, all teaching the dharma from various perspectives. Speakers include a Toltec teacher, a Unitarian Universalist minister, and a young Indian yogi and guru, as well as several Buddhist teachers. Appearing for the first time at the festival will be renowned Tibetan scholar Bob Thurman, who will be sharing the stage with popular author and teacher Sharon Salzberg.

This year's films include a deeply spiritual trip represented by a motorcycle expedition into the highest Himalayan passes; a meditation on the relationship between the human body and our ailing planet; and the opening night film, One Track Heart, a joyous celebration of kirtan music superstar Krishna Das. Six films will screen at the festival, and most of the directors will be present to discuss their films with the audience.

New this year at BuddhaFest will be Tibet Fest, an afternoon dedicated to Tibet and its culture, sponsored by the International Campaign for Tibet and the Capital Area Tibetan Association. The gathering will feature speakers, meditation, music and food, as well as activities for kids.

In what’s becoming a tradition at BuddhaFest, Saturday night is devoted to a concert. This year, audiences will be treated to the sacred music of the GuruGanesha Band, which delivers a unique blend of kirtan, raga, rock and deeply meditative folk music.

Tickets and passes are now available. For more information, visit


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