One Mind

20161 hr, 18 mins

One Mind is a rare cinematic portrait of life inside China’s most austere and revered Zen communities. The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery continue to uphold a strict monastic code established more than 1,400 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China.

In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea, and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires. At the heart of this community, a group of cloistered meditators sit in silence for 8 hours every day.