Projects and Highlights

The Dharma Heritage Project Special Collection  A special collection of Don Farber’s photography, audio and video recordings, and published work from the Dharma Heritage Project will become part of the Archive of Buddhism in Los Angeles in the UCLA Library Special Collection. Farber’s ten-year study of life in a Vietnamese Buddhist temple in L.A. (1977 to 1987) will be the first part of his work to become part of the special collection. The archive has been established by Distinguished Professor Robert Buswell, Director of the UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies; and Su Chen, Head of the UCLA East Asian Library. The archive will preserve and digitize Don Farber’s work so that scholars and the general public will be able to freely access the collection in perpetuity. The original materials will be housed in state-of-the-art archival conditions at the UCLA Southern Regional Library on campus.  In addition, Don Farber was extensively interviewed for the UCLA Center for Oral History Research.

Roshi  This documentary feature film in post-production is about the life of the Japanese Zen master Joshu Sasaki Roshi who lived in Los Angeles for more than 50 years and died at the age of 107 in 2014.  Directed and filmed by Don Farber, produced by Carole Wilson, and edited by Paul Rubell (twice nominated for Academy Awards), the film explores the enormous contribution Sasaki Roshi made to bring Zen to the West, the controversy surrounding him, the human story for him and his students as he passes away, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Tibetan Buddhist Masters   The project continues by photographing and making video interviews with Tibetan Buddhist masters, especially the last living elder masters who received their training in the old Tibet.  The audio tapes and video interviews need to be translated, transcribed, and subtitled. 

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