There will be a free screening of “Journey of the Heart” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Nevada County Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City.
This film documentary has in-depth interviews with several Buddhist scholars, including the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, B. Alan Wallace, Mattheiu Ricard and Thupten Jinpa. The film was shot in India and Nepal, covering all major Buddhist locations.
The documentary was produced and directed by Ravi Verma, who lives in the Sacramento area. You can watch a preview of the film at heartsutrafilm.com.
This film has two major points of focus: the Buddhist text, the Heart Sutra, which is part of the Ultimate Wisdom Text of Buddhism, and the travel diary of Chinese monk Xuanzang, who undertook a 10,000-mile and 16-year-long journey to India to Vulture’s Peak, where the Heart Sutra is supposed to have been delivered.
The Heart Sutra is a dialog between two prominent figures in Buddhism: Arya Avalokiteshvara and Arya Shariputra. This dialog is supposed to have happened in the presence of the Lord Buddha at the top of a hill called Griddhra Kut, or Vulture’s Peak, in Rajgir, Bihar, India. The place still exists today.
Any donations will go to support the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dhramsala, India.