Film Screening: Feeding Your Demons

    Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

    Price: $20.00
    Member Price: $18.00


    The stand-by list becomes available at the admissions desk exactly two (2) hours before the start of the program.  You must be physically present to sign up on the list.  Any available tickets will be released to the stand-by list, in order, beginning ten minutes before the start of the program. Each person can purchase up to two tickets.  You must be physically present at the time your name is called or your place in line will be forfeited.  Unfortunately, we are unable to predict how many tickets, if any, may become available.

    Chairman's Circle members of the museum have first priority to purchase tickets for sold-out programs, should tickets become available.  Please call 212.620.5000 ext. 344 to inquire about membership.

    This hour-long film charts the story of a young American woman who became the first female from the West to be ordained a lama and how she became the chief proponent of the psychophysical meditation practice unique to the followers of Machig Labdrön, the eleventh century female tantric master. Q & A with Lama Tsultrim Allione, moderated by Rebecca A. Owens, Patient Care Director of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Payne Whitney Manhattan Psychiatric Clinic.

    “Everyone knows about ‘demons’. It’s a universal phenomenon, and at the same time a highly individual experience. It might sound contradictory to explore and lovingly embrace what is threatening to you, but once we’re able to do this, we will find integration and well-being. This goes for both our outer and inner ‘demons”. So says Lama Tsultrim Allione, a unique American dharma teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She left for India when she was 18, became a nun later and was recognized as the reincarnation of Machig Labdrön, the eleventh century female master from Tibet . Her approach is: Don’t fight, but feed. The film follows Lama Tsultrim in Tara Mandala, the retreat center she founded in Colorado, and on a trip with her students to Lahaul and India. We get an impression of the role the Karmapa plays in her life, and how he supports her in realizing the lifework, the integration of ‘the feminine’ in buddhism, and helps her to bring the lineage of Machig Labdrön back to life.