O Cinema Wynwood Sat, Jun 25, 2016 1:00 PM
O Cinema Wynwood Sun, Jun 26, 2016 1:00 PM


Set at an ashram in a remote forest in Tamil Nadu, India, Gurukulam (meaning: family of the teacher; traditional place of study) follows a French Muslim businessman, an American psychology professor, a Japanese Yoga teacher, and a young South Indian Brahmin, as they study the ancient practice of Advaita Vedanta, the Hindu tradition of non-duality and one of the philosophical roots of the Yoga movement, as taught by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, spiritual Guru of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and one of the few remaining traditional teachers of Vedanta. Widely sought after for both his command of Hindu spiritual texts, such as the Upani?ads and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as his capacity to communicate ancient wisdom into living experience, Dayananda weaves together daily chores, meditation, ritual, and rigorous study to impart his knowledge and experience to his pupils and connect the natural and spiritual worlds in moments of surprising revelation and comic contradiction. Deeply observational and experiential, Gurukulam evokes the presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred. From Swami Dayananda’s first lesson: ‘Saying is only an expression of what you see,’ GURUKULAM is a rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India.