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This film is about how a specific form of Buddhist meditation, known as vipassana, can change the state of one’s heart and mind – emotions, moods, feelings and thoughts – and so change one’s behaviour and the quality of one’s life.
The subject matter of the film, and the people shown in it, are Indian. They are rooted in a culture that is radically different from our western culture.
What appears in the film, to western eyes, to western understanding, is the tip of a vast submerged and ancient iceberg, which we seem not to know exists. We cannot imagine what it is. [click to continue…]