Prayers of the Ancient Ones has been selected to screen at the 2014 Berkeley Video & Film Festival, which runs from October 30 to November 7th! Please join us for the November 2nd screening of our film in Downtown Berkeley.
Over the past few years Guna Foundation has produced two successful documentary films: Light of the Valley and Prayers of the Ancient Ones. Now we’re getting ready to tackle a challenge greater than anything we’ve tried before.
We have begun a new film, The Great Transmission, using 3D animation and state-of-the-art visual effects coupled with an epic storyline. It is a venturesome project for our small but determined team. Yet the story is compelling and important. Few in the West know the story of how Buddhist wisdom spread through Asia, transforming the warlike Tibetan Empire into a land devoted to Buddhist principles. We are uniquely qualified to share a portion of the profound history of these selfless practitioners transmitting knowledge from one generation to another over the past centuries.
We have accepted the challenge of creating an epic film. We would like to ask you to help to fund our filming costs. We have hired a first class professional cinematographer to film on location in India and Nepal, capturing the beauty and mystique of their sacred places and interviewing numerous lamas, monks and nuns.
The estimated cost for filming is $50,000. We begin filming in a few weeks and our deadline for raising funds is October 1, 2014.
Our release date is July, 2015—donate, and we’ll save you a seat at our premiere.
We’d like to count you in—please join us in creating an amazing movie.
Barry J. Schieber & Pema Gellek
See our preview created by animation and FX, along with a short interview segment about the making of. View here
A blog about the making of The Great Transmission, with daily updates until our October 1st deadline! Visit blog
Help us make the film
We are funded through the generosity of individuals. You can make a tax-deductible donation online or by mail. Make checks out to ‘Guna Foundation’ and send to 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Announcing a second Montana retreat in 2014, as our first one is full!
To sign up, please contact us at (510) 809-1553 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Dates and Times are subject to change.
Please check local listings and channel designations.
A Film Preview Event: June 3rd in Sonoma County at Ratna Ling
Ratna Ling offers a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. You also enjoy an overnight stay in a cottage and a lovely dinner on June 3rd, as well as breakfast, lunch and a Kum Nye class on June 4th. Continue reading
Prayers of the Ancient Ones will screen in Amsterdam, Cologne and Florence in February 2014.
Address: Piazza Strozzi, Firenze, Italy
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MONDAY, February 17
Towards An Architecture of Peace
by Augusta Thomson
“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” – Robert F. Kennedy
The line outside the Oxford Union extends the length of the street. We wait to hear the current President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai’s, address. The line is too long; while students at the front make it inside to catch his speech, most have to imagine what is being said from the exterior of a brick wall periphery. Continue reading
Update: KQED is re-airing Light of the Valley in February and March 2014!
We are thrilled to announce that Light of the Valley will be broadcasting on KQED in January 2014.
Light of the Valley will air on KQED Friday 1/17 at 10pm, following a 60 minute special called Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World.
The show will repeat Monday 1/20 at 11:30pm.