Movie Night: Carving the Divine – Friday, June 7, 2024 at 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us on Friday, June 7, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 16-492 Old Volcano Road, Keaau, HI 96749

Have you ever wondered how the divine statues in Buddhism are created? Well, this would be a great occasion to be exposed to the art of carving Buddhist statues by professionals. Carving the Divine was directed by Yujiro Seki, and this documentary opens our eyes to the depth of the Buddhist sculptors’ work, leading us to reflect upon something profound beyond the human world.
Carving the Divine
“Carving the Divine” is a captivating documentary that delves into the 1400-year-old tradition of Butsuzo—the woodcarving of Japanese Buddhist statues and images. It follows the lives and training of craftsmen and women who strive to preserve this ancient tradition in modern Japan. The film provides a rare glimpse into their world, emphasizing the Master-Apprentice relationship and the transmission of skill and spirit from one generation to the next. As you attend this event, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and dedication behind these remarkable sculptures.

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Director Seki will be present in person and glad to talk with you. Movie snacks and light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public and free, but donations toward the documentary are greatly appreciated. No registration is needed.