The Golden Thread
1 Season . 4 Episodes

The Golden Thread series features the words and stories of seekers who helped bring the esoteric wisdom of India and the east to western nations.

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The Golden Thread series features the words and stories of seekers who helped bring the esoteric wisdom of India and the east to western nations.

Right from ancient times, the golden thread has been the symbol of knowledge that has born of personal experience and is free from institutional conditioning. It’s a thread because it represents the continuity of an experience that is always ancient yet always new.

The thread is slender because in every generation this awareness is kept alive by a minority of individuals. It is golden because it is immortal; it is always there, even in the darkest and most chaotic times. Sometimes it is more evident, sometimes more hidden.

Episode 1
58 mins
Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, author, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. Here, she tells of her path from her adventurous youth to zen buddhism, and the many people she met along the way.
Episode 2
59 mins
Alice Boner was a Swiss sculptor and painter who relocated to India in the 1930s in order to study in detail the principles of the sacred art.
Episode 3
54 mins
In this interview, which was his last, Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) recalls some of the central moments of his life: the study of dancing and printing, the fifteen years spent in India attending traditional schools in Sanskrit, and studying philosophy and music.
Episode 4
45 mins
The English poet Kathleen Raine devoted her life to the defense of the “ancient sources” of wisdom and to the creative power of imagination.