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Tears of the Buddha: Spirituality & Emotions (2013)

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Tears of the Buddha: Spirituality & Emotions explores the spiritual path through the lens of emotion. Are emotions an impediment to spiritual growth? Do they trap a seeker in the personal self? What about anger and hate, how can a seeker be with these so-called unspiritual emotions?

Featuring interviews with Gangaji, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Jeff Foster, Pamela Wilson, Mukti, and other spiritual teachers, the film is a serious look at an area of life that is often confusing and painful for seekers on the spiritual path. Because emotions are part of everyday life, it’s important that seekers have a chance to evaluate what teachers teach.

Daniel Barron, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Jon Bernie, Judith Blackstone, John de Ruiter, Peter Fenner, Jeff Foster, Gangaji, Mukti, Karl Renz, Rupert Spira, Pamela Wilson
Joel Lesko

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rachheaton, posted on January 1, 2016

I found Daniel Barrons thoughts on 'Hate' and its connection to 'Expression' and 'Violence' to be extremely powerful for me. They way he explained how it is that hate could be a manifestation of the 'love' that is - (and it not necessarily being justified, but perhaps it is), and an extreme sense of injustice (sorry I am paraphrasing from memory) - well, I found myself with my hands in prayer at my heart and saying , 'Thank you Brother' - big ups to you. Deep Bow. What courage. Thank you to Joel for creating this documentary.

kquiles, posted on December 26, 2015

I appreciated Joel's documentary, and the guests were all equally inspiring. I heard diverse responses to questions we've been wrestling with throughout human existence. And I find that each answer has a place--even those that contradict the next--in the vast mystery of it all. My concern comes when we try to simplify our explanations of these deep searches, which is the habit of the mind. The questions of self or "Who am I?" or emotions have yet to find a single resting place. Trying to fit these enormous inquiries into a sentence or category is bound for concerns.

An example that comes to my mind is the study of the non-self. Dr. Andrew Newberg's neurological findings in his study of the brain suggest that in meditation the part that slows in activity is the part of the brain (i.e. orientation) that distinguishes me from someone or something else. This insight into non-self is terribly difficult to convey mainly using conceptual tools.

As far as East meeting West, I find that psychotherapy and the teachings of Buddha are compatible. As a psychotherapist (second to a student of the Buddha), I do see the value in deconstructing learned stories and the emotions (however defined) that come with them. However, the theme of story isn't as easy to dissect, especially when it comes to trauma. Careful training is needed here, and some meditation teachers just aren't equipped to handle. On the other hand, psychotherapy is helpful to mindfulness practice, but it cannot take the place of the cushion or insight meditation. (Important note: I do want to go on record to distinguish between psychotherapy/mindfulness and popular, market trends in the West).

I loved Joel's question about what the Buddha would teach if he were in today's world. Historically, every time the teachings have moved from one part of the East to another, it has shifted. It is reasonable to anticipate the same in today's challenging world.

Thank you, Joel, and all who contributed to a fine documentary.

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jmalan91, posted on December 20, 2015

Emotion is an ability of the form. The human form on this planet has the dna for emotion, not all form has this ability. How you use that system is how you learn to use the ability of the vessel you inhabit. We have labeled some of the common ways people use this ability. Common ways are happy, sad, angry, fear, etc. Common expressions of these labeled emotions are smiling, hugging, crying, yelling, hurting, etc.

You are not the form but you operate the form and Buddha said to master the ability of the form you inhabit. Suffering is the path you are trying at the moment in moving the emotion through your form. Mind is the tool that decides which emotional path you will take. Falling on the path is tying yourself to the story. Darkness is seen when you look out and compare with your mind.

Anger is good, use the ability to create. Fear cannot create. Fear is a brake and a dam for the energy. Fear is the only destructive energy. Emotion is not destructive only fear. Most masters today focus only on 'no fear' because it is the one that taints all the others and by tainting an emotion with fear it is like putting kerosene on everything. You can't taste, smell, breathe or think of anything but the kerosene. It overpowers the emotion so it is the one to focus on and keep it out of all the others while you are working with the other emotions.

Emotions are the greatest ability of this form and to take on this form and attempt to master it is to take on flying a ship at greater than light speeds. Some crash, some lose consciousness, some freeze in fear but the experience of this ability is for the master incarnates and some can be arrogant, just be in service to others and it is all good.

jhershierra, posted on December 20, 2015

I thought Daniel Barron had some unusual and interesting ideas on ' self'. I also liked Jeff Foster, he has an view of being human I really like.

Emotions I do believe are the core of our spiritual essence. Even though teachers say we should just become ' mind'. I like what Daniel said that when we become complete we ' forget ourselves' naturally. I do think you have to detach from your emotions but also not make them your enemy and polarize yourself so that you are always ' at war' with yourself.

Joel Lesko did a wonderful movie about questions I have pondered and sought to solve all my life.

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