One Mind is a rare cinematic portrait of life inside one of China’s most austere and revered Zen communities. The monks at Zhenru Chan Monastery continue to uphold a strict monastic code established over 1200 years ago by the founding patriarchs of Zen in China. In harmony with the land that sustains them, the monks operate an organic farm, grow tea, and harvest bamboo to fuel their kitchen fires. At the heart of this community, a group of cloistered meditators sit in silence for 8 hours every day. One Mind is an experiment in Buddhist filmmaking. Through A markedly quiet and contemplative film, Burger has set forth to craft a documentary that is not ‘about Buddhism’, but rather a ‘Buddhist film’.
Edward Burger is a documentary filmmaker specializing in documentaries on Asian culture and Buddhist life. He has lived and studied with Buddhist communities in China for over 15 years, and is the first Western filmmaker to be granted such unprecedented access to the daily rituals and traditions practiced in this remote mountain monastery.