With Volume 1 of ON MEDITATION completed, we are currently in post-production on Volume 2 and planning for Volume 3 of our ever-evolving series. We're thrilled that we've had the opportunity to film these amazing subjects -- from actor Giancarlo Esposito to The Venerable Mettaya, a renowned Buddhist monk -- and look forward to not only completing work on these installments, but continuing to create more.
Born in Lumbini, Nepal (the birthplace of the Buddha), The Venerable Metteyya is a renowned student and teacher of meditation ordained as a Buddhist Monk in 2007. He talks about his lifelong pursuit of enlightenment and shares his observations on the relationship between mind and body.
Elena Brower, one of the most respected Hatha yoga teachers in the United States, talks about how meditation, once a struggle, has become crucial to her well being and shares how meditation can be incorporated into one's life anywhere and everywhere, even in the hustle and bustle of New York City.
The late Peter Matthiessen is a three-time National Book Award-winning American novelist, non-fiction writer, and environmental activist. He received the National Book Award for Fiction in November 2008, at age 81, for Shadow Country, an 890-page revision of three novels set in frontier Florida that were published in the 1990s. A student of Zen Buddhism for more than three decades, Matthiessen talked about the calming influence of his spiritual practices at his home in Sagaponack, Long Island where he kept a zendo, a beautiful space dedicated for meditation.
Film and television actor Giancarlo Esposito, known for his roles in films such as Do the Right Thing, The Usual Suspects, and King of New York, and his portrayal of drug kingpin Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the AMC series Breaking Bad, shares how meditation has transformed his personal life and informed his acting technique.
Six term Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations and Budget Committees. The author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit, Ryan shares how his personal commitment to daily meditation has influenced his efforts to bring mindfulness training into the health care system and the military.
Acclaimed film director David Lynch is a longtime practitioner of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, which funds implementation of stress-reduction programs for underserved populations and supports medical research on the benefits of meditation. He talks about how meditation has affected both his personal and professional lives in unimaginable ways.
Named “a next-generation thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey and “a new role model” by The New York Times, Gabrielle Bernstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Miracles Now, and May Cause Miracles. She shares her personal journey and struggles with addiction and how her practice keeps her healthy and happy.
Sharon Salzberg is the author of nine books including Lovingkindness, the New York Times best seller Real Happiness, and Real Happiness at Work. She is also the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge. She explores how the practice of Loving Kindness became a healing force in her life.
A well-known business magnate, Russell Simmons co-founded the hip-hop music label Def Jam records as well as numerous other companies. Simmons has been described as the third richest figure in hip hop. He is a devout meditator as well as a public advocate for the practice. He reveals how his own practice is an integral part of his epic success.
Psychiatrist Mark Epstein, who has explored the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy in several books including THE TRAUMA OF EVERYDAY LIFE which was published in April 2013, and artist Arlene Shechet have been married for more than 30 years. This segment of ON MEDITATION is the first to be created as a double portrait exploring the effects of the practice on their relationship.