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The One
3rd September 2011, 20:44
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

Simply brilliant


3rd September 2011, 23:12
This is a wonderful documentary. It makes me think of the stories I read about the ancient Zen hermits, which inspired me to go and live at a remote Zen Center in the mountains of Virginia back in the late 60s. It was in many ways, the most difficult and the most rewarding year of my life.
I especially like the segment about the independent nun who traveled to the remote mountains all the way from Canton. She lived on weeds and dandelions until her garden was planted.
For a woman to follow that path takes twice the courage.
Loved the Leonard Cohen songs too.