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For the soul and much more

For the soul and much more
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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. And just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.’

This Buddhist philosophy continues to guide Aruna Vasudev, President of the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) as she treads on the Buddhist path every year to spread the enlightenment that the sage himself witnessed.

The Inner Path Festival of Buddhism enters the third year and will be held over four days from 21 to 24 November  at the Alliance Francaise de Delhi. The Inner Path Festival of Buddhism is organised by NETPAC-India, the International Buddhist Confederation and Alliance Francaise de Delhi in association with the Korean Cultural Centre.

This Festival of Buddhist Film, Art and Philosophy has always been very unique and  this year’s Highlights are discourses by eminent people, exhibition and opening and closing performances, Films. And as in previous years, the Festival is a composite meet on Buddhism, and will feature films, exhibitions, an art camp, painting demonstrations, and musical performances.

The Festival comprises discourses by Most Venerable Geshe Jangcup Choeden who had been appointed by the Dalai Lama as the Abbot of the prestigious and historic Gaden Shartse Monastery, and career ambassador Dato Ananda Kumaraseri well known for espousing the concept of ‘Living by Buddhism’ by emphasizing the practice and practical application of the Buddha’s Teachings in daily life.

Around sixteen feature and documentary films will be screened and there will be an Art and Photography exhibition by 20 artists whose work is related to Buddhism. A Thangka painting demonstration by the well known artist Sidharth, an exhibition presented by Chokyi Palmo on the Magic Life of the Tibetan Yogi Milarepa, and a panel discussion among artists and filmmakers are other highlights.

The Festival will open with a recital by the internationally renowned Singing Nun, Venerable Ani Choying Drolma from Nepal, and will close with a performance by the celebrated Kung-fu Nuns from Ladakh.

The list of artists shows Buddhism transcends beyond international boundaries. They include The 12th Kenting Tai Situpa, the renowned Arpana Caur, Shobha Broota, Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar, Sohan Qadri, Siraj Saxena, Niren Sen Gupta, Sidharth, Kshipra Simon, Deepak Tandon, Aruna Vasudev herself and many more. The films being shown include three films from the United Stated by John Bush -Dharma River, Prajna Earth and Vajra Sky over Tibet - and two films by Royston Tan from Singapore -Little Note and Popiah. Indian filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam too, present two of their films.

The festival attempts to takes forward the renewed interest in Buddhist thought to a wider range of urban audiences by presenting celebrated works of visual and performing arts and other forms of creative and cultural expression, philosophy, discourse and discussions related to Buddhism from across the world.

When: 21-24 November Where : Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road
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