Naked Mind is a new documentary that explores the effects of meditation and its potential to change society, asking the questions “What does mindfulness mean, how does it relate to human happiness, and what does it mean to practice mindfulness in today’s society?” To make the film, filmmakers Sarah Barab and Paxton Winters traveled to eight countries and interviewed an impressive roster of Buddhist teachers and scientists — the 17th Karmapa, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard, Fleet Maull, Richard Davidson, John Kabat-Zinn, and more.
Naked Mind is now in post-production, and they’re looking to raise $45,000 by April 2 to finish it. The money raised will go toward remaining travel and production expenses, and if any is left over, it will support Fleet Maull’s programs to bring meditation to veterans’ hospitals, prisons, rural high schools, and universities. Click through to watch the trailer.
For more information about the film, and to contribute, visit its Kickstarter page. And for more about contemplative science, look at our in-depth look at the science of meditation, and visit our Science, Buddhism and Your Mind Spotlight Page.