A Conversation About Oneness Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee  
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A Conversation About Oneness
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Recorded in July, 2006
60 min.
Sitting around the kitchen table, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is interviewed by his son, Emmanuel, on the topic of Global Oneness. Emmanuel asks important questions, such as:
• What is the present state of this work of global awakening?
• Can humanity collectively awaken on its own?
• How can one use one's individual spiritual awakening to help the world?
• How can we return an awareness of the divine to the center of everyday life?
• What is our individual responsibility to the well-being of the world?
This conversation explores these questions, drawing us all into this work of oneness.
dvd-0718 [yvs] [Islam & Sufism]

A Crisis of Faith the Series: A Crisis of Faith, State of the Union, Quest for the Grail, Portrait of a Radical-the life of Jesus Huston Smith, Robert Bly, Richard Rohr, Sam Keen, Allen Callahan, Calvin Butts  
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featuring Huston Smith, Sam Keen, Robert Bly, Jean Houston, Richard Rohr, Allen Callahan, Kathleen Cleaver, Calvin Butts, Gil Scot-Heron, and others
2-dvds, four programs, 210 min.

A CRISIS OF FAITH — Our provocative cast of speakers takes a critical look at materialism in America and the spiritual fallout we are experiencing because of the choices we have made individually and as a society. Mirroring the subject and rhythm of the film, the imagery and soundtrack is powerful, challenging, disturbing, and inspiring.

STATE OF THE UNION — In this thought provoking film, we will take a critical look at the interplay of money and politics and the impact on the underclass. This film is not an attempt to advocate the views of one party over another. The ideological lines between our two parties have become so blurred, as each tries to claim the center, that ideologue is no longer significant. It is clear that money drives politics and public policy.

QUEST FOR THE GRAIL — Join our dynamic trio of poet, storyteller and theologian as they unearth the essence of the Western spiritual journey as expressed in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzifal. Quest for the Grail not only attempts to reconnect the viewer to the journey of the spirit, but to reintroduce the most powerful tool utilized throughout human history for that very purpose — the story.

PORTRAIL OF A RADICAL — Noted philosophers, theologians and authors discuss the truly radical, dynamic and passionate message of Jesus. Portrait is not an advertisement for Christianity — it is a responsible look at the life of Jesus told in a language that can be heard by a person of any faith and a style that attempts to reclaim Jesus' message from the institution that has, in many ways, obscured His radical, compassionate and inclusive teachings.

dvd-0023 - dvd-0024 [yvs-Portrait] [Apr04] [Christian - Documentary]

An Ecstatic Love Affair with the Beloved Isaac Shapiro  
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with Isaac Shapiro
Internation Conference on Enlightment
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2006
90 min.

"All we have is the sensory experience of this moment, NOW. This moment is only an experience to us. That’s all we have. The world, time, space, our own bodies and each other are all an experience to us." — Isaac Shapiro

dvd-0336 [nvs] [Hinduism - Advaita Western]

An Ecstatic Love Affair with the Beloved Isaac Shapiro  
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An Ecstatic Love Affair with the Beloved
featuring Isaac Shapiro
80 min.

Isaac Shapiro is an internationally known facilitator, fascinated with life lived in alignment with the world's wisdom traditions. He enjoys exploring and assisting those who share this interest. 
How do we live our lives moment by moment? This enquiry considers how we relate to ourselves and to others, how we parent, do business and interact with our environment.  
His approach is to ask questions and make statements. He asks participants in his meetings to question and see if what he says is true in their own being. This approach points to what is already known, but obscured in the ways our nervous system and our thinking function.
Isaac draws on a broad spectrum of understanding, from neurophysiology to some of the latest discoveries in Quantum physics which he applies in a light hearted but direct way. 

"All we have is the sensory experience of this moment, NOW. This moment is only an experience to us. That’s all we have. The world, time, space, our own bodies and each other are all an experience to us." 

"Through noticing how our cells respond in the experience of now, there is a noticing of the production of not only the sense of reality but also the sense of self that we believe we have." 

Through years of working with people, Isaac has cultivated and refined an ability to track what is happening in the nervous system of participants. Bringing this awareness to peoples attention, allows our natural, innate self-regulating mechanism to be re-established. 

We all have unconscious habits of attention, that are uncomfortable to ourselves, and the ones closest to us, and indeed to all with whom we are associated. All reality is experienced through these unconscious habits, which function as cognitive filters, and make it almost impossible for us to recognize them. Therefore it can be of enormous value, to have someone who is perceptive at this level, to assist us. 

The beauty of this invitation is that nothing needs to be changed, fixed, or eliminated. It is a non-dualistic, non-judgmental enquiry into our present being. Everything happens through the agency of awareness. 

As we bring awareness to these unconscious habits, there is a shift that occurs. In the course of investigation, people spontaneously recognize the true nature of themselves, which many report as the experience of peace, unconditional love, compassion, or simply of being home.

dvd-0085 [yvs-end 60/woman takes mic] [Feb08] [Hinduism - Advaita Western]

A Guide to Walking Meditation Thich Nhat Hanh  
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with Thich Nhat Hahn
30 min.

Observe Thich Nhat Hanh as he instructs students in the joy of this simple practice. His underlying theme: Be happy, peaceful, and serene. You can see and feel the strength that emanates from the deep experience of a man who truly lives his teaching.

"Walking meditation can be very enjoyable. We walk slowly, alone or with friends, if possible in some beautiful place. Walking meditation is really to enjoy the walking — walking not in order to arrive, just for walking." —Thich Nhat Hanh

dvd-0352 [nvs] [Meditation / Buddhism - Zen]

A Higher Calling: Un Uncommon Awareness John de Ruiter  
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with John de Ruiter
65 min.

• Nourishing stillness is the beginning of real form
• Profound thought begins with profound knowing
• Spanning where you came from and where you are going
• The deepest and finest knowing that gives birth to itself
• The awareness that both precedes and exceeds the self
Includes the booklet entitled - Attending a Meeting with John de Ruiter
dvd-0447 [nvs] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings]

A History of God Karen Armstrong  
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An E&E / History Channel Production
Release Date: 04/26/2005
features Karen Armstrong
100 min.

Based on Karen Armstrong’s best-selling book this feature length film guides viewers along one of humanity’s most elusive quests.

Religious thinker Karen Armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events.
A former nun, Armstrong has written two books about this experience: Through the Narrow Gate, about her seven years in the convent, and The Spiral Staircase, about her subsequent spiritual awakening, when she developed her iconoclastic take on the major monotheistic religions — and on the strains of fundamentalism common to all. She is a powerful voice for ecumenical understanding.
Armstrong's 2008 TED Prize wish asks us to help her assemble the Charter for Compassion, a document around which religious leaders can work together for peace. In late fall 2008, the first draft of the document was written by the world, via a sharing website.
In February 2009 the words of the world were collected and given to the Council of Conscience, a gathering of religious leaders and thinkers, who are now crafting the final document. The Charter will be launched in November 2009. 
"I say that religion isn't about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It's about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness."
Karen Armstrong on Powells.com

dvd-0060 [nvs] [Interfaith / Comparative Religion]

A Human Search - The Life of Father Bede Griffiths John Swindells  
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A Life Apart - Hasidism in America Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky  
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a film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky
narration by Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker
95 min.

Plus a bonus PBS interview with the filmmakers.

In New York City, the Hasidim are a common sight, but even here their way of life remains a mystery to those outside their community. With their use of Yiddish, their distinctive clothes and their strict observance of Jewish ritual and law, the Hasidim are considered by many an insular people with little connection to mainstream America. Yet their values are those that many Americans find most precious: family, community, and a life of meaning.

In this "unique glimpse into this closed society" (Philadelphia Inquirer), seven years in the making, we are taken into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. A "series of beautifully shot, startlingly intimate interviews" (New York Post) sheds light on idiosyncratic customs such as matchmaking, secular education and traditional dress, by taking us through the homes, schools and synagogues of this insular world. The filmmakers also candidly address suspicions of racism and accusations of sexism from the outside community.

A Life Apart: Hasidism in America, narrated by Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker takes us on an illuminating journey into a "beautiful, mesmerizing and mysterious world" (San Francisco Bay Guardian) of a community kept distinct from its surrounding culture for generations.

dvd-0219 [yvs] [Judaism]

A Life Exploring Religious Frontiers Huston Smith  
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with Huston Smith
61 min.

A well-known historian of religion looks back on his life in an entertaining autobiography that examines the often surprising and unpredictable causes and consequences of a life of religious exploration.

Huston Smith is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professior of Philosophy, Emeritus, Syracuse University. Prior to that appointment he taught at Washington University in St. Louis, and was for fifteen years Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent teaching has been as Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

dvd-0327 [yvs] [Interfaith & Comparative Religion / Biography]

A Man for All Seasons Fred Zinnemann  
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a film by Fred Zinnermann
starring Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Wells, Susannah York
120 min.

In 16th-century England, the corrupt King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) betrays the Roman Catholic Church to divorce his wife and marry his latest conquest Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave). Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) is then forced to choose between his principles and duty to his heretical king, who has begun executing the treasonous with increasing frequency. The historically profound battle of ideals also involves Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles), Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern), and More's valiant wife (Wendy Hiller).

Robert Bolt's successful play was not considered a hot commercial property by Columbia Pictures—a period piece about a moral issue without a star, without even a love story. Perhaps that's why Columbia left director Fred Zinnemann alone to make A Man for All Seasons, as long as he stuck to a relatively small budget. The results took everyone by surprise, as the talky morality play became a box-office hit and collected the top Oscars for 1966. At the play's heart is the standoff between King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw, in young lion form) and Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield, in an Oscar-winning performance). Henry wants More's official approval of divorce, but More's strict ethical and religious code will not let him waffle. More's rectitude is a source of exasperation to Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles in a cameo), who chides, "If you could just see facts flat on without that horrible moral squint." Zinnemann's approach is all simplicity, and indeed the somewhat prosaic staging doesn't create a great deal of cinematic excitement. But the language is worth savoring, and the ethical politics are debated with all the calm and majesty of an absorbing chess game. —Robert Horton

Stills from A Man for All Seasons (click for larger image)

Beyond A Man for All Seasons at Amazon.com

More Films By Fred Zinnemann
More Biographies on Film
Utopia by Thomas More

dvd-0364 [nvs] [Feature Film / Christian]

A Meeting with Joan Tollifson, Chicago 2007 Joan Tollifson  
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Chicago, 2007
90 min.

Joan Tollifson writes and talks about the ever-changing, ever-present aliveness of Here / Now, that which is obvious, unavoidable and impossible to doubt. She has an affinity with Advaita, Zen and radical nonduality, but she belongs to no tradition or lineage. Joan explores nonduality in the context of everyday life, drawing from her own experiences with addiction, disability, and other human issues. She is the author of Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life (1996), Awake in the Heartland: The Ecstasy of What Is (2003/2006), Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality (2010), Nothing to Grasp (2012), and Death: The End of Self-Improvement (still in progress and slated for publication in 2013). Joan has lived in California, New York and Chicago, and is currently living in southern Oregon.

dvd-0342 [nvs] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings]

An Ocean of God: The Inner-Connectedness of all Being Lawrence Kushner— God At 2000 Symposium  
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"An Ocean of God: The Inner-Connectedness of All Being" with Lawrence Kushner.
God at 2000 Symposium "God at 2000" at Oregon State University February 11-12, 2000. This nationally televised symposium featured noted lecturers and authors Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sister Joan Chittister, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, and Karen Armstrong, along with professors Diana Eck (Harvard), Seyyed Hossein Nasr (George Washington University), and Marcus Borg (Oregon State).
The lecturers are from the three major western religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (Catholic and Protestant). Following each lecture, there will be live interaction with both the on-site and television audiences.
Karen Armstrong, a leading British commentator on religious affairs now well on her way to a similar status in the United States, is the author of 10 books, including the best-selling A History of God. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and became a freelance writer and television broadcaster in 1982.
Marcus Borg, Hundere Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, lecturer and author of ten books, including the best-selling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and the award-winning The God We Never Knew.
Joan Chittister, Benedictine sister, lecturer and author of 19 books, including Passion for Life: Fragments of the Face of God and There Is a Season, both of which received a first place book award from the Catholic Press Association. Her newest books are In Search of Belief and Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men.
Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religions and Indian Studies at Harvard. Author or editor of five books on religion in India, her best-known book is the award-winning Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banares.
Lawrence Kushner, rabbi, author and lecturer whose work reflects the Jewish mystical tradition. His ten books include The River of Light, Honey from the Rock, The Book of Words, and most recently, Eyes Remade for Wonder.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. One of the world's leading experts on Islam, he has been a Gifford Lecturer and is the author of over 20 books and 250 articles.
Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, retired Archbishop of Cape Town, churchman, author, and lecturer.
dvd-0288 [yvs] [Mar01] [Interfaith & Comparative Religion / Judaism]

A Peculiarly Beautiful Path to Yoga: Keynote from the 2008 Franklin Merrell-Wolff Conference Thomas J McFarlane  
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with Tom McFarlane
June 7, 2008
53 min.

This contemplative commentary on Wolff's book Pathways Through To Space, Chapter 61, "The Nature of Ponderable Matter" is best appreciated by those with some familiarity with Wolff's philosophy.

dvd-0382 copy two [yvs] [CSS Teachings]