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**International Buddhist Film Festival 2009, 7th-17th May – London**

Here is one to put into your diaries if you are in the London area in May.

International Buddhist Film Festival 

The world’s leading resource for Buddhist cinema, the US based IBFF comes to the UK, and the Barbican, for the first time. Part of The Many Faces of Buddhism series, the lineup of programmes here at IBFF 2009 LONDON includes forty-six films from eighteen countries, with twenty-seven UK premieres and three discussion events. Themes of happiness, redemption, reconciliation, simplicity, forgiveness, generosity, community, creativity, humor and personal transformation are explored in many ways.

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A Few of the Teachings from Buddhism

To start with, I want to just say a bit about religion. I was born as Sikh and will be one until the day I die. I am comfortable with the teachings of Sikhism. I don’t practice it on a day to day basis but understand it’s teachings and implement them into my daily life.

41yx2t8cp7l__sl500_aa240_Having said this, other faiths fascinate me and there are many that I enjoy looking into. Buddhism is one of these and I would like to share some of these teachings with you. The reason I have stated the above is because you don’t need to covert to/fully practice a religion to take on board it’s teachings, at least that is my opinion.

I have a book called The Little Book of Buddha and these extracts have been taken from that. It sums up a lot of what I talk about on Auranics.

“Self reflection is an essential endeavor for us all. It is through such reflection that we may achieve a union with the Ultimate Reality – that is, a state of intense sensitivity and awareness by which we can experience the power within us in harmony with the elements around us. Such gratification is far from instant, but the broadened perspective that comes from enlightenment can ultimately yield a happiness that far exceeds the fleeting pleasure of the “quick fixes” that we have all come to rely upon.

Humans are remarkable creatures, innately capable of achieving a transcendent state of calm lucidity through a focused regimen of reflection. We already have the power within us to create our own thriving sanctuary. Every single one of us is able to embrace our potential by practicing the fundamental tenets of Buddhism. By understanding the Buddha’s approach to life, we are able to look inwards as well as outward and nurture a lifestyle conducive to achieving a state of ultimate freedom known as Nirvana. Nirvana is a state in which we can successfully detach ourselves from the trappings of craving and seemingly insatiable desire, and yet still experience the power of our five senses.

The study of Buddhism is one journey that you must begin at your own speed, and continue at your own pace – an appetising respite from the general hurry of Western life. It is a journey inwards towards the very core of one’s existence and a path toward a state of supreme inner peace. It is an essential passage for all sentiment beings, and it is never too late, or early to begin.”

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