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BuddhaFest presents Spirituality and Emotions: Awakening to the Wisdom of Your Heart

Oct 02, 2013 02:00AM

On Saturday, October 14, BuddhaFest will present a full day of talks, film and music. The day opens with Joel Lesko’s thought-provoking new film, Tears of the Buddha. This film is being heralded for its serious look at an area of life that is often confusing and problematic for people in spiritual practices. Lesko interviews a dozen spiritual teachers to find out how their teachings apply in daily life. The film questions age-old teachings about emotions and leads to an important conversation about individual self-hood. 

Following the film, Lesko will be joined by Dr. Tara Brach, founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and two teachers from the film, Judith Blackstone of Woodstock, N.Y., and Jon Bernie of San Francisco. Together, they discuss the important issues raised in the documentary and explore such questions as why we repeat certain emotional patterns and what we can do about it; how our beliefs about feelings affect our daily lives; and the role of spirituality and psychotherapy in healing emotional wounding. In the afternoon sessions, Brach, Blackstone and Bernie each present individual sessions of teaching and meditation.

The day concludes with an evening concert by Carrie Newcomer, a gifted singer and songwriter with deep roots in the spiritual path. Newcomer’s music explores the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. She has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue. 

The event will be held at the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Rosslyn. For information or tickets, visit


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