BuddhaFest: Mindfulness for Stressed Washingtonians


The Fifth Annual BuddhaFest: A Festival for Heart and Mind will be held on June 19 to 22 at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theater (1611 N. Kent Street at the corner of Wilson Blvd).

The event will feature talks by famous speakers including Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America and Ram Dass, the author of “Be Here Now.”

At the festival, six different movies that highlight the Buddhist values of finding inner peace will be featured followed by a question-and-answer session with the director of the movie. The movie, “Blood Brother,” winner of the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, will be shown on 7 p.m., Thursday June 19. Also, the documentary film, “Monk with a Camera” will be shown on Friday night at 9 p.m.

The major highlight of the festival is the Tibet Fest—scheduled to take place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., where participants will have the opportunity to experience the Tibetan Buddhist culture and enjoy authentic Tibetan food, dance and music.

The BuddhaFest was created by Eric Forbis and Gabriel Riera “to share stories that would encourage people to explore meditation, live mindfully and seek greater levels of awareness and compassion.” the BuddhaFest website said.

To attend the festival, tickets will be available for purchase through the festival’s website at www.buddhafest.org. Free parking will be available at the Spectrum Theater garage and the Artisphere building garage.

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