A Buddhist Theory of Film

You are invited to join the Department of Religion for an upcoming lecture on Buddhism and film by Prof. Francisca Cho from Georgetown University.

Title: “A Buddhist Theory of Film”

Date: October 4, 2018 (Thursday)

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm

Place: 215 Dauer Hall

The relationship between Buddhism and Film is often defined in terms of how films depict Buddhists and Buddhism to a broad Western audience, and how films (both with and without Buddhist characters) can depict Buddhist concepts, values, and practices. In this talk, I explore some ideas about how Buddhist thought can help us to understand the medium and phenomenon of film itself as being religiously significant. Contemporary film studies is well aware of the power of film and seeks to understand this power from cognitive perspectives, as well as to critique its potential ideological maneuvers. Buddhist thought can be used, in contrast, to see how film’s unique ability to turn illusion into reality is a liberating religious lesson.

Francisca Cho is Professor of Buddhist Studies at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the expression of Buddhism through aesthetic media such as fiction, poetry, and film. Her latest book is Seeing Like the Buddha: Enlightenment through Film (SUNY Press, 2017).


The lecture is free and open to the public; coffee, tea, and deserts will be available.