Zoom Film Event: “Master Sheng Yen (2020)”


Join us on two separate dates to watch the anticipated film – “Master Sheng Yen (2020)”. This film is only available for us to watch for two weeks, and is not available for purchase. We’ve made two dates available to watch together – please join either (or both.) Guo Gu will do a brief introduction on the causes and conditions for this film of his teacher (on both events.)


We will then watch the film together and do a group sharing and discussion after. The film runs for 2 hours. If you cannot join this event, please contact tallahassee.chan@gmail.com to receive the movie link (expires January 04, 2021.)


We will use the same Zoom link for both airings of the film. Please join at least 5 minutes before we start, and we will share the screen to watch the film together.

In the 1940s, the time that the fate of the Chinese people and the dignity of Chinese Buddhism fell into the nadir, a 14-year-old boy was ordained to be a Buddhist monk in Nantong, Jiangsu Province,China. Since then he had embarked on the journey of pursuing and spreading the Dharma for nearly 70 years. It was, moreover, a course for him to explore the refuge of his faith and life’s dignity. Master Sheng Yen portrays Master Sheng Yen’s turbulent life and times in the form of a factual movie. The film unfolds on the streets of New York in 1979, relating the course of Master Sheng Yen’s life with 10-year chapters, including The Dying Fire of His Faith (1949), Second Ordination (1959), Leaving for Japan (1969), Chan Practice and Spreading the Dharma (1979), Founding Dharma Drum Mountain (1989), Care for Life and Death (1999), and Master Sheng Yen’s Passing Away (2009). This film presents different phases of Master Sheng Yen’s life through his Dharma talks, journals, medical records, writings, photos and videos. The film, in addition, also re-enacts the important encounters of Master Sheng Yen’s early life with real-person animation. The film also collects interviews from Master Sheng Yen’s  disciples and his close friends regarding what they saw and learned from the master.