Once a month, sharing video creations that remind us of who we are, inspire us to stretch to our peak potential of body, mind & spirit, provoke thought that transports us to the space of "Beyond Mind", join us for movie nights and post movie sharings over chai, fresh fruit offerings and pop corn!
Date: Friday, November 13th
Time: 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)By Donation
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First released on the film festival circuit in 2002—and named by Newsweek as one of the Top Five Non-Fiction Films of 2002—Ram Dass Fierce Grace is an engrossing, poignant meditation on spirituality, consciousness, healing and the unexpected grace of aging. It is also a loving and quite touching cinematic presentation of Ram Dass’s adventure of a life.
Harvard Professors Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary made countercultural history in 1963 when they were fired from that institution for conducting controversial psychedelic drug research. In the purple haze aftermath, Alpert journeyed to India and found his guru Maharaji ji, who renamed him Ram Dass (“Servant of God”). Best known for his 1971 bestseller Be Here Now, which was a spiritual touchstone of the era, Ram Dass became an inspiration to people across the globe.
Filmmaker Mickey Lemle—who has known his subject for more than 25 years—intersperses vivid archival footage from hippiedom’s glory days and Ram Dass’s youth with intimate glimpses of Ram Dass today, as he continues to remake his life since being—in his words—“stroked” in 1997.
With over 20 minutes of exclusive additional footage, as well as chant master Krishna Das’s prayer “Hanuman Puja,” accompanied by a photo montage of Maharaji, this film is both heartbreaking and inspiring.
“Equals any transcendent moment you’re likely to find in a fiction film, a novel or a ‘manual for conscious being.’” —The New York Times
“Counterculture mavens will doubtlessly flip… but even mainstream audiences may find themselves nourished by this generous reflection on a life well lived.” —Time Out New York
This documentary intersperses vivid archival footage from the sixties with intimate glimpses of Ram Dass today. Named one of the Top Five Nonfiction Films of 2002 by Newsweek, it’s an engrossing, poignant meditation on spirituality, consciousness, healing, and the unexpected grace of aging. The video version adds 20 minutes of footage and a photomontage of Ram Dass’s guru, accompanied by Krishna Das chanting. The DVD version also includes biographies of Ram Dass and Lemle, Lemle’s personal statement, and more.