Thursday, November 5, 2015
Emory University Cannon Chapel
515 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA
a film by Edward A. Burger, 2013
filmed in Hebei Province, China
37 minutes/NTSC 24P DVD widescreen/Mandarin with English subtitles
VOWS tells the story of monastic discipline in Chinese Buddhism with narration by Ven. Ming Ying, Senior Prior of Bailin Monastery, and seven ordained monks who recount their journeys from young layman to ordination day. Ven. Ming Ying, formerly the Dean of Academic Affairs at Hebei Buddhist Academy, comments on the historical struggle between lineage and adaptation as the Buddhist monastic tradition took hold in the cultural landscape of China. He offers a thought-provoking narrative on Buddhist discipline as a guide for both monastic and layperson through the difficulties of everyday life in this world.
Free showing at Emory University – Cannon Chapel basement. Parking is free at Peavine lot (please consult the Emory website for directions to Cannon Chapel if you have never been before).