DHARMA RIVER             
Journey of a Thousand Buddhas    
Laos • Thailand • Burma    85 minutes

“John Bush sets a benchmark for compassion and integrity in filmmaking.”                                                              
National Gallery of Australia

“Dharma River is a spiritual film with a big heart that dazzles with amazing imagery for the eye and its poetics are pleasing to the mind."
World Movie Reviews

“Part one of acclaimed cinematographer and director John Bush's Yatra Trilogy, Dharma River is a lush, timeless, and mystical cinematic voyage through the legendary rivers of Thailand, Burma, and Laos. 

"This pilgrimage to legendary Buddhist temples, shrines, and other sacred sites captures the architectural beauty and spiritual serenity of these ancient marvels. Viewers experience the power of the sacred through panoramic shots of several Buddhist shrines where devotees are deeply immersed in prayer. 

A spiritually soothing harmonic chant score and serene footage enhance the mood. Filmmaker and narrator John Bush's commentaries about Buddha's life and teachings deepen an appreciation of local art, ceremonies, symbolism, and architectural images. This first in a series of journeys to sacred places pleases both the mind and eye."

“Dharma River delights: a flaming stream of fascinating imagery - lyrically poetic and visually stunning. Don't miss this dazzling glimpse of a sacred world."
Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence

"Dharma River carries us along in the stream of spiritual blessings and delight. This visual feast transports us into the ancient yet timeless mystic East in a way that goes beyond place and time to touch the eternal."
Lama Surya Das, author, Awakening the Buddha Within

"For those who love the Buddhist path, Dharma River is a poignant spiritual transmission.”
Tara Brach, author, Radical Self Acceptance

"'Dharma River' beautifully melds an inner and outer journey. Viewers find themselves transformed as the voyage takes them through different landscapes of Southeast Asia, of Buddhist teaching, and of the mind."
Sharon Salzberg,  Author & Teacher

"This timeless journey along the celebrated rivers of Southeast Asia explores the universal ideals of wisdom, compassion, and inner peace at the very heart of these ancient Buddhist cultures. In dozens of temples, caves, and shrines, the Buddha image reverberates continually, yet it is never the same.
PBS - Public Broadcasting System (USA):

Featuring a Harmonic Chant score by David Hykes with the The Harmonic Choir
Sacred classical music of Thailand, Laos & Burma
Edited by Donal O’Ceillachair

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