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A poetic documentary film evoking the beauty and challenges of enacting the path of meditation as it is occurring in women around the globe, Dakini Song’s intent is to illuminate the beauty of applying the dharma and the capacity of any woman in any context to do so.
Dakini Song will be filming 75 women on 5 continents of the globe – in a diverse range of contexts – applying the dharma to their minds and lives in the very context, the very moment they find themselves. It will weave through the diverse array of characters and stories of real women and how the practice of clearing clouds to the essence of mind is illuminating and transforming their lives. From an English yogini 12 years in retreat in a cabin in the windy, rainy isles off of Scotland to a single mother of three in Sao Paolo to a hospice worker in Berlin to a nun in New Zealand to a translator in the mountains of Spain, the film will reveal the intertwining motifs – shifts of view and purpose of living – that run as undercurrents in these drastically different women’s lives. Evoking the nuances and flavors of place and context and how these inform how the path of meditation unfolds for these women, the film will explore common elements that run through the diverse lives – what drew them to the dharma and meditation, what their aspirations are, how their practice expresses itself and influences others.
A primary intent of the film is exploring and poetically evoking a series of questions: What is the value of women in significant practice for the world? What is the impact of the growing number of women accomplishing these millenia tested practices to a greater extent than ever before upon society at large and for generations to come?
Interwoven with the stories and lives of these remarkable women will be interludes of instruction by some of the foremost female teachers in the world today on primary Buddhist points of practice such as insight, compassion, the nature of mind, the significance of Buddhist female archetypes such as Tara, and practice as everyday life – the very subjects that are approached, practiced, and enacted by these diverse women warriors, whatever their context. These will be interspersed with dramatizations of key moments of the lives of some of the first Western women to encounter the dharma, meeting the first great Tibetan masters to leave Tibet, illustrating how these moments out of the limelight created the seeds that grew into the widely accessible encounters to dharma that are occurring for women everywhere today.
Dakini Song is a film telling a story whose time has come, a long time coming.
The story of women awakening in greater numbers than ever before by developing their own innate potential through dedicated Buddhist practice, discovering their own unique expression in the process. It is a film that will evoke a thread that weaves through the lives of all these women connecting them – a subtle movement unknown even to them – and how that thread will slowly change the world. It will explore and reveal the value of practice as it is being tangibly discovered and what the resultant great importance of female meditators who enact that value has for us all.
Presently in pre-production, our first feature film project, Dakini Song will commence filming in South America this May in Brazil and Argentina. Research and the assembling of our Brazilian and Argentinian film crews are commencing now. TYP lands down in South America this Sunday!
Those wishing to support this film and initial activity focusing on dharma in Brazil and Argentina, may securely donate at our site.
Look for a new Dakini Song website coming soon in early 2019.
* Sky Dakini painting by Tenzin Norbu Dolpo.