Dharma Films
A Cinematic Exploration of
Buddhist Psychology
presented by
The Arlington Center &
Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy

2018-19 Series At A Glance

October 13 The Last Dalai Lama?
November 3 Lucky
December 1 Leaning Into The Wind: Andy Goldsworthy
January 12 The Florida Project
February 2 Reprise! Groundhog Day
March 9 Voyage Of Time: Life's Journey
April 13 Walk With Me
May 11 Won't You Be My Neighbor?

• all films presented at 7pm on the first or second Saturday of the month
• general admission at the door: $10/film, $60/series
• mental health professionals earning 2 CEs, $35/film at the door, $200/series (see details below)
• post-film discussions moderated by faculty of the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy and the Arlington Center
• free refreshments

The Last Dalai Lama?
Saturday, October 13, 7pm   
With the 14th Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, Pema Chodron, Richard Gere
Directed by Mickey Lemle, 2017
82 min
Discussant: Meghan Searl, PhD

So long space remains…so long sentient being remain…so long suffering remain…I will remain…in order to serve. That is the real purpose of our life. These are the words that begin this inspiring documentary of the 14th Dalai Lama, who may well be the last of his lineage. Excerpts from many talks and interviews illuminate his meaning here as well as its implications. With disarming simplicity, the Dalai Lama explains the central purpose of the Buddhist Path along with the motivation for traveling it. A great wave of compassion seems to emanate from him throughout The Last Dalai Lama?, engendering the understanding that it is both a cause and a result that stem from a true and deep understanding of the nature of mind

Saturday, November 3, 7pm   
Starring Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff
Directed by John Carroll Lynch, 2017
86 min
Discussant: William Morgan, PsyD & Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS

A fiercely independent 90-year-old living a gritty solitary existence on the outskirts of a small Western desert town, Lucky is a survivor—a man whose oddly comical daily habits are as deeply ingrained as the lines of care in his craggy face. When Lucky’s routine is disrupted by an unexpected but inevitable turn of events, he finds himself standing at the precipice, gazing into the unknown. Nearing the end of a long life unencumbered by religious belief, he finds himself suddenly in motion, embarked on a spiritual journey that might include reflection, recrimination, and even blazing realization. In the last and perhaps greatest role of his career, Harry Dean Stanton’s Lucky is a presence as elemental as the red rocks and cacti looking on, alive in this sublime cinematic meditation on karma and connection

Leaning Into The Wind: Andy Goldsworthy
Saturday, December 1, 7pm
With Andy Goldsworthy
Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2017
93 min
Discussant: Doug Baker, LICSW & Charles Styron, PsyD

Artist Andy Goldsworthy summed up his way of experiencing the world: You can walk on the path or walk through the hedge. Take a walk on the wild side and join Goldsworthy in his extraordinary journey through the South of France, urban London, and New England as he finds his canvases in the natural world. A profound and lush meditation on the majesty, beauty, and surprises of nature, Leaning Into The Wind is one of those rare films that sparks renewal and healing. You will leave with a sense of a deeper connection and appreciation of the magic of landscape and the sheer joy of being alive

The Florida Project
Saturday, January 12, 7pm   
Starring Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Caleb Landry Jones
Directed by Sean Baker, 2017
111 min
Discussant: Chris Willard, PsyD

A summer of unsupervised freedom looms like a dream before 6-yearold Moonee and her friends, running wild around the Magic Castle, a welfare motel nestled in the candy color shadow of Disney World. With Moonee’s irresponsible young mother Halle too distracted to attend to the kids’ increasingly risky and destructive behavior, it’s left to the quiet but vigilant motel manager Bobby to gradually assume the role of friend and guardian as they teeter on the brink of homelessness and harm. Acclaimed and honored upon its release, The Florida Project is a stunning, unforgettable immersion in the lives of the young and their struggling parents, looking steadily on, unflinching but with deep compassion – just like Bobby

Reprise! Groundhog Day
Saturday, February 2, Groundhog Day, 7pm 
Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Directed by Harold Ramis, 1993
101 min
Discussant: Paul Fulton, EdD

A clock radio flips on, Sonny & Cher croon I Got You Babe, and prickly, self-centered TV weatherman Phil Connors awakens to another day in hell—in this case, Punxsatawney, PA. Doomed to relive a long and eventful day in the company of the folksy burg’s idiosyncratic citizens until he gets it right, Phil must first fail spectacularly—and hilariously—in his every attempt to selfishly exploit his predicament. Nothing delivers him from the round of rebirth or wins the heart of the lovely, perceptive Rita—not achieving sensual pleasure, money, power, nor even suicide---except perhaps his decision to let go of all that and become a bodhisattva. First screened in the Dharma Film Series’ inaugural 2002-3 season, and most recently revived as a terrific Broadway musical, Groundhog Day may be the most astute and compelling treatment of Buddhist rebirth on film, and it is no doubt the funniest and most touching...especially on Groundhog Day!

Voyage Of Time: Life's Journey
Saturday, March 9, 7pm
With Cate Blanchett, Jamal Cavil
Directed by Terrence Malick, 2016
90 min
Discussant: Charles Styron, PsyD

How did we get here…and how did we get here? Jumping off from his extraordinary 2011 film The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick departs altogether from characters and their stories to craft an epic visual poem: a meditation on the story of life itself. Operating on a cosmic scale, Voyage Of Time: Life’s Journey traces life’s origins back to the genesis of matter, as the universe expands and crystallizes into gases, galaxies, stars, and eventually our own Sun and Earth. No sooner than life enacts its first twitch does its quest commence to slake a primordial thirst for its own source, the Mother—a longing voiced (by Cate Blanchett) as an ethereal thought-poem of wonder and need that intensifies as flashes of raw present-day human interaction and conflict are intercut with the primeval evolutionary pageant. Neither documentary nor nature film, Voyage Of Time is of an art beyond category, like life itself

Walk With Me
Saturday, April 13, 7pm
With Thich Nhat Hanh, Benedict Cumberbach
Directed by Marc J. Francis & Max Pugh
94 min
Discussant: Jan Surrey, PhD

The teachings of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrated since his famous resistance during the Vietnam War, have brought together a vibrant community of monks and nuns in France and America who’ve dedicated their lives to the practices of mindfulness meditation and compassion. Walk With Me, both meditative and quietly stirring, journeys into the heart of their world as they confront and transform the suffering in themselves and others. At the center is the uplifting presence of Thich Nhat Hanh, whose example inspires others to inquire fearlessly into the nature of being itself and awaken to things as they are

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Saturday, May 11, 7pm
With Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers
Directed by Morgan Neville, 2017
94 min
Discussant: Susan Pollak, EdD

This enchanting and inspiring documentary takes us beyond zip-up cardigans and the world of make believe into the heart and soul of Fred Rogers’ creative genius. Mister Rogers inspired generations of children with his compassion, creativity, and imagination. He was also a master of emotional literacy, and beyond his commitment to kindness, he taught children how to speak honestly about difficult feelings and experiences. You may emerge from Won't You Be My Neighbor? inspired to be a better human being, and to make the most of “this beautiful day,” everyday

Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy
Buddhist Psychology Program

This CE program is intended for licensed psychotherapists who are interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness.  The application of mindfulness and mindfulness-based psychotherapy is increasingly appreciated by the therapeutic community as an approach to reducing mental and emotional suffering.  A film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center.  

Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices were developed 2500 years ago to alleviate suffering, particularly related to challenges of daily life. These challenges are vividly portrayed through the medium of film and provide rich material for discussion. In this eight-session course, carefully-selected films elucidate basic concepts in the Buddhist approach to self-transformation and healing.  Participants will learn, from the Buddhist perspective, about the cause of suffering and how to alleviate it, the fluid nature of self, impermanence, connection, intention, the illusory nature of experience, and the possibility of happiness.  The film format is designed to provide both an intellectual and a visceral learning experience.  Participation in the entire series is recommended, but not required, for CE credit.

Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IMP maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This course offers 2 hours of credit per session.

Social Workers: Application for continuing education credit has been made to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Credits pending.

Nurses: This course meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR) for 2 Contact Hours per session.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Each session is approved for 2 contact hours, Provider #6048, and is applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.

Jeffrey Ansloos, PhD is Assistant Professor of International Mental Health and Trauma and a fellow of the Global Education Center at Lesley University.  His scholarship focuses on complex psychological trauma, violence prevention, critical and indigenous psychologies, and gender, race, and religion. He is a practitioner of yoga and meditation in the Ignatian tradition.

Douglas Baker, LICSW, RYT is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, and survivor of countless residential meditation and yoga retreats. He teaches yoga, meditation, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and other mind/body methodoligies for organizations and private clients. He also offeres mindfulness-based professional development and practice groups for clinicians. His book on walking meditation, Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking, was released in 2017.

Paul Fulton, EdD is a clinical psychologist, founding member of IMP and director of the certificate program in mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Dr. Fulton has been teaching about psychology and meditation for many years and is a co-editor of the book, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Paul has been a student of Buddhist psychology for over 35 years.

Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist practicing in Arlington, a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and an Instructor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School.  He has over 29 years of experience in meditation and its use in psychotherapy.

Chip Hartranft, MS is the founding director of The Arlington Center, author of The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary (Shambhala), and teaches the history of Buddhist practice and thought in Lesley University's graduate program in mindfulness studies and the Barre Center For Buddhist Studies. His work bridges the traditions of yoga and Buddhist psychology.

Sara Lazar, PhD, is a neuroscientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Bill Morgan, PsyD, a clinical psychologist practicing in Cambridge, has practiced Buddhist meditation for 32 years and leads meditation retreats.

Stephanie Morgan, LICSW, PsyD is in private practice in Manchester-by-the Sea, MA, and has practiced Buddhist meditation for 28 years.

Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in private practice in Cambridge, MA.  She has practiced meditation in both Christian and Buddhist traditions for over 15 years

Tom Pedulla, LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts. In addition to working with individual adults, he also leads Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups for people coping with depression and anxiety. A practitioner of meditation in the Vipassana tradition since 1987, Tom also serves on the board of directors at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, Director of Continuing Education, is a clinical psychologist. Dr. Pollak received a degree in Comparative Religion from Harvard Divinity School, her doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University, and her clinical training through Harvard Medical School. She has been a clinician and Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School for 20 years, specializing in the integration of meditation and psychotherapy. She has had a meditation and yoga practice since childhood.

Ron Siegel, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Lincoln, MA, a member of the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and a long-term student of mindfulness meditation. He is a coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain and a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.

Charles Styron, PsyD is a consulting psychologist for Caritas Norwood Hospital, has a private practice, and has been a practitioner and teacher in the Shambala and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist traditions for 27 years.  He is also a professional and executive coach.

Janet Surrey, PhD is a founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute and co-director of the Gender Relations Project at the Stone Center, Wellesley College and has authored influential books on relational psychotherapy.  She has been practicing meditation and psychotherapy for 27 years.

Christopher Willard, PsyD is a clinical psychologist. He works in private practice with adults and children and consulting about mental health issues in the workplace and in schools. He also continues to works at Tufts University where he completed his clinical training. Dr. Willard has been formally practicing meditation since 1999, with retreat practice in North America and Asia. He has taught mindfulness to developmentally disabled children, ex-cons, college students, and a wide range of professionals. Most recently, he is the author of Child's Mind, a book about teaching meditation to adolescents and children and is currently working on a book about mental health, mindfulness and positive psychology in the workplace.

This course will be taught at a level appropriate for post-graduate training of doctoral-level psychologists. The course will be limited to 50 clinicians. You can register at the door or in advance by contacting the Institute For Meditation & Psychotherapy.

Fee: CE participants $35 per film/$200 for the series. Sorry, fees for missed film evenings will not be refunded. Non-CE participants is $10 per film/$60 for the series

Location: Films are screened at the Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474. The Arlington Center is conveniently located a short 5 min. walk east from Arlington Center, on the Mass Ave bus line ~ directions

Special Needs: Please inform us before the program if you have special needs, so we can make the necessary accommodations

Please refrain from using scented products during the program