Berkeley-based Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Japanese Zen teacher, translator, artist and peace activist, known for his extraordinary calligraphy works, as well as his masterful translations of 13th century Zen innovator Dogen. This insightful portrait by Dutch filmmaker Babeth VanLoo, which received its world premiere last year at the Rafael during the International Buddhist Film Festival, follows Tanahashi to Europe and Japan and into his home and family life. (In English and in Japanese with English subtitles.)
Following the screening, Tanahashi will perform a live calligraphy demonstration and engage in an onstage discussion with Liza Dalby, noted scholar of Japanese culture and author of the bestseller Geisha, among other books. A share of the proceeds will benefit A World Without Armies/Practical Steps toward a World Without War.