Amongst White Clouds

Spirituelle Dokumentation über die Einsiedler Mönche und Nonnen in den Tälern und Gipfel der chinesischen Zhongnan Berge.

American director Edward A. Burger takes us on his unforgettable journey into the hidden lives of China’s forgotten Zen Buddhist hermit tradition. „Amongst White Clouds is a look at the lives of zealot students, gaunt ascetics and wise masters living in isolated hermitages dotting the peaks and valleys of China’s Zhongnan Mountain range.“

The Zhongnan Mountains have been home to recluses since the time of the Yellow Emperor, some five thousand years ago. Many of China’s most realized Buddhist masters attained enlightenment in this very range! And now? It is widely thought that this tradition was all but wiped out by the twists and turns of history. „Amongst White Clouds“ shows us this is not the case. One of only a few foreigners to have lived and studied with these hidden sages, Burger reveals to us their tradition, their wisdom, and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives. With both humor and compassion, these inspiring and warm-hearted characters challenge us to join them in an exploration of our own suffering and enlightenment in this modern world.

Some fine pearls: „Put all your mind into it, but don’t think…“, „This reckless deluded mind“, „Don’t fear it, don’t hurt it“, „Let go of it all: Examine yourself & meditate quietly!“, „Everyone has this precious jewel opportunity to awaken“, „Work is spiritual cultivation“, „When old your body won’t list to you anymore, then it’s too late to practice“, „Leaving the world is a way of returning to it…“ „Don’t follow your old habits: Observe you mind“, „We planted seeds in the past“, „Why did you come here…?“, „Holding on to this self is birth & death“, „The Buddha is like a wise Doctor and all beings are like sick patients…“
„There is nothing more to say…“

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