Mindful Eye

Film at Tzu Chi Center

Coming in August
My Year of Living Mindfully (feature documentary)
Finding Liberation in Trauma (short documentary)

Premiering August 26, 2021
8pm ET | 7pm CT | 6pm MT | 5pm PT

Available until September 25, 2021 

How do we break free from the pains of life? Find out with a special screening of the documentaries My Year of Living Mindfully and Finding Liberation Through Trauma. To explore these themes even further, we’ll be joined by documentary director Shannon Harvey, and subject of the film, Justin Von Bujdoss (respectively) on overcoming severe hardship and how mindfulness can help. Plus, you’ll have 24/7 access to our program for a month. Get your tickets now for 24/7 viewing access from 8/26 to 9/25!


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All proceeds from our program will be donated to Tzu Chi USA humanitarian efforts.

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About “Mindful Eye”

Screening bi-monthly, the Tzu Chi Center presents films and conversations on global issues connected to core concepts in Buddhism, including compassion and mindful living. We have pointed our lens at documentary and fiction films that teach, challenge, and inspire us to act. We’re also inviting special guests to discuss the films, the issues they explore, and so much more.

All proceeds from Mindful Eye ticket sales are donated to Tzu Chi USA’s humanitarian efforts.

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About Our Next Screening

This August, we’re looking at how the unique struggles of our lives may be eased through mindfulness and strengthened spirituality. That’s why we’ll be watching the documentary My Year of Living Mindfully (2020), directed by and starring Australian journalist Shannon Harvey who’ll join host Bart Shatto in conversation. Then, we’ll see the On the Buddha’s Path short documentary, Finding Liberation in Trauma (2018) featuring Justin Von Bujdoss, who will also personally share his experience, too, after the film. Anytime viewing access lasts from Aug 26 to Sept 25.

Overwhelmed by insomnia and an auto-immune disease, journalist, author, and filmmaker Shannon Harvey went on a quest to make a positive change in her life. She documented these explorations and trials in the book and film of the same name, My Year of Living Mindfully.

As a Buddhist Chaplain at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, Justin Von Bujdoss believes that places of extreme suffering are often those places where we may find our greatest liberation. His work to help correctional officers and staff can be seen in Finding Liberation in Trauma, shot in NYC.

About Guest Speakers

SHANNON HARVEY has worked as a television, radio, and online journalist. She is the founder of Elemental Media and has authored two books, including The Whole Health Life and My Year of Living Mindfully, the latter of which she turned into the documentary film you’ll see on Mindful Eye.

JUSTIN VON BUJDOSS, or Repa Dorje Odzer, is the Staff Chaplain and Executive Director of Chaplaincy & Staff Wellness within the New York City Department of Correction, providing spiritual support for its 13,000 employees. He is also a widely-respected Dharma teacher in the Tibetan Buddhism tradition.

How to Watch

You’ll receive the viewing link for the program after your purchase.
All proceeds from our program will be donated to Tzu Chi USA humanitarian efforts.

Purchase tickets via website and receive an email with access link to the livestream (valid till July 23th).
Purchase tickets via website and receive an email with access link to the livestream (valid till September 25th).
Purchase tickets via Facebook and receive an access link to the live stream (valid till September 25th).

About Our Host

Actor Bart Shatto was last seen in the Tony-nominated musical War Paint with two-time Tony winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. Bart was also in the original Broadway casts of the Tony-nominated musicals The Civil War and Hands on a Hardbody, as well as Dracula. He also played Jean Valjean in both National Tour and Broadway casts of the Tony-winning musical Les Miserables. See him in the Tzu Chi USA short film, Love Saves.

Upcoming Events

Love our Mindful Eye selections? Stay in the know about our upcoming screenings:

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A woman utilises ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a neighbouring family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice.

Directed by Ljubo Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
Screening on FEB 25, 2021

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Stung by Climate

Bees pollinate one third of our food, but in recent years beekeepers have seen many of their colonies dying without knowing why. Like many animals, bees depend on weather and, as the climate changes, beekeepers all over the globe may face unprecedented challenges.

Directed by Nils Aucante
Screening on FEB 25, 2021

Tea Mountain Tzu Chi USA
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Tea Mountain: A Life Steeped in Gratitude

The organic tea produced here by a dedicated team of workers has already made a mark on the Taiwanese tea market. Will their heartfelt perseverance set the farm on a path where it can prosper for generations to come?

Directed by Ting Fan
Screening on APR 29 – MAY 28, 2021

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Monk with a Camera

Nicky Vreeland, son of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, gave up photography to become a Buddhist monk. Years later, he picked up his camera again to earn money to rebuild his monastery.

Directed by Tina Mascara & Guido Santi
Screening JUN 24 to JUL 23, 2021

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My Year of Living Mindfully

My Year of Living Mindfully is filled with compelling stories, groundbreaking science, and unexpected insights that go to the heart of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

Directed by Shannon Harvey
Screening on AUG 26 – SEP 25, 2021

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Finding Liberation in Trauma

It takes an incredibly compassionate and peaceful soul to inspire the same in others. Staff Chaplain Justin Von Bujdoss is one of those people, working with 9,000 correctional officers at the New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility. 

Directed by Ida Eva Zielinska
Screening on AUG 26 – SEP 25, 2021

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From the foothills of the Himalaya in Nepal to Bodh Gaya in India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, this documentary takes us on a vivid journey, tracing the path of compassion in action as practiced by Karuna-Shechen, a non-profit co-founded by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard.

Directed by Héctor Muniente

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The Peace Inside

This dramatic film presents the true story of a friendship that spans twenty years and continues, revealing how Buddhist wisdom can lead to inner transformation, bringing peace and solace to even the most troubled heart.

Directed by Daniel Ferrara

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Love Saves

Each life story can be an inspiration. Prepare to be moved by our new “Love Saves” short film series, inspired by the remarkable people Tzu Chi volunteers meet during their many missions to help others.

Directed by Daniel Ferrara

Our Partners

Mindful Eye screenings are made possible thanks to the generous support of community partners in culture and arts programming.