"One Mind (yixin) was the central symbol of early Hongzhou Chan in its origins, and it has carried through this monastery all of these centuries into this revealing film. The result is a deeply moving glimpse into classical but contemporary Chan meditative life. At one point Maitreya instructs Sudhana: “Young Pilgrim, continue forth in gratitude,” which is precisely the response that comes to me as reviewer. Many thanks to Edward A. Burger and crew for including us in the “one mind” of True Suchness monastery. Highly recommended. This is an authentic Chan film."
Capturing True Suchness on Film
Edward A. Burger’s film One Mind is an open exploration into the state of mind that is cultivated and lived at Zhenru Chan temple in China’s Jiangxi province.
The film is more importantly an open exploration into the state of mind that is cultivated and lived at Zhenru Monastery, experienced through the filmmaker’s own longtime participation in this meditative way of life. One Mind (yixin) was the phrase used by early Hongzhou Chan masters to name this quality of profound awareness, and it has been carried through the monastery all these centuries into this revealing film, communicated through masterful technique and the filmmaker’s own personal experience.