Kumano is a region in Japan where Shugendo, the Way of ascetic training and testing in holy mountains, has been practised for over a thousand years. This entire short film was shot there. It shows Yamabushi monk Kosho Tateishi, a Master and Teacher of Shugendo, during prayer rituals performed in the wild and at his temple. In his spiritual practices, Kosho is in visceral contact with the elements (earth, water, fire, wind) and in fusion with sacred Nature. The experience of Life through the physical senses awakes our consciousness and ultimately leads to enlightenment in this very body.
Made possible thanks to the great help of Alena Eckelmann, Kosho Tateishi, Fukami Uzawa, Mark Patrick McGuire, Jean-Marc Abela, Jean Burgert. Thank you Alena for recommending me some of the greatest spots to explore in Kumano, especially some amazing trails of the Kumano Kodō. Thank you Kosho for welcoming me at Sangakurin and for sharing your way of living during my stay.
I also want to send a very special thanks to the talented composer Oliver Dowie who created the original soundtrack by wonderfully mixing together some traditional prayers, chantings and instruments recorded on site like the Horagai, a large conch shell used by Yamabushi for spiritual meanings.
I hope to be back in Kumano next year to shoot a feature length film on the same topic.
Dreaming hero wakes up and sees the Dreamer himself. Is he? Time dissolve and we are seeing things as they are. Are we? Narrated by British-born American philosopher Alan Watts.
Narrated by Alan Watts audio courtesy of alanwatts.org.
Music: “The Way” by Zack Hemsey.
Sound design by Jacob Thomas Czech.
Additional 3D Animations by Mike Winkelmann.
Dreamer’s voice by Paul "Bear" Vasquez.
Visuals and animation by Aaron Paradox.
Kensho posters and screens: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133149322@N02/
"This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief." - Rumi
Review by Globalish.com: http://life.globalish.com/aaron-paradoxs-new-film-kensho-is-an-audio-visual-feast-for-your-soul/
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Portuguese by Lindenberg Munroe ( http://behance.net/lindenbergmunroe ).
Spanish by Data FilmZ X ( http://youtube.com/channel/UCThofJg-gXf6h_tZe7u7Ukg ).
Russian by Herman ( http://youtube.com/channel/UCLz6yBivbUVdHzJvFk3dd3w ).
Turkish by Fatih Aruk.
German by Paul Merkel.
Albanian by Taulant F. Devolli (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) by Isabella and John Chan.
I hope that this film is a healthy nudge for people to shake up their lives a little bit.
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