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Film Screening of "The 5 Powers: Superheroes of Peace"

About the FilmFrom Spiderman to the Hulk, numerous superhero origin stories tell of a character’s interaction with an unknown element that effects a radical transformation. This change often leads to heightened senses, enhanced abilities, and the sense of a greater mission that transcends our individual selves. Although this path is a familiar trope in the realm of “fantasy,” it exists in the real world as well. It is a profound yet simple notion: each of us can be a superhero.
Like the spider that bit Peter Parker, we can tap into a real life element called mindfulness to have better concentration, self-awareness, and impulse control. Mindfulness has also been scientifically proven to help us feel calm and increase empathy for others.
Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 comic book The Montgomery Story, which informed and influenced a civil rights movement, the animated film The 5 Powers tells the story of three inspiring individuals who used the power of mindfulness for peace during the turbulent Vietnam War. We learn about our main character’s journey towards mastery of the five powers through the experiences of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, and their friends Alfred Hassler and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Please join CCARE, The Stanford Storytelling Project, and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s international community of monks and nuns for a special screening and discussion of The 5 Powers. Learn how to access the power of mindfulness to effect change within oneself and the world.
Doors open to ticket holders at 6:00PM.
TicketsStanford Ticket Office 2nd Floor of Tresidder Memorial Union 459 Lagunita Drive Stanford, CA 94305Phone: (650) 725-2787 Hours: Mon – Fri 10AM – 5PMCLICK HERE to obtain tickets online through the Stanford Ticket Office starting Monday September 14, 2015.Public: $20Stanford Faculty/Staff: $15 (limit of 2 per Faculty/Staff ID)Stanford Students: 1 complimentary ticket available per student through 10/6/15, while supplies last. (student ID card is required for entry with ticket – no exceptions can be permitted)Other Students (non-Stanford): 1 complimentary available per student through 10/6/15, while supplies last. (student ID card is required for entry with ticket – no exceptions can be permitted)
Parking & Transportation Parking is free on campus after 4pm in A or C spaces. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the Tresidder Union at Mayfield Ave.  Link to Stanford Parking Map
Disability-Related Accommodations & ServicesIf you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact CCARE staff at phone (650) 721-6142 or email Requests should be made by Friday October 2, 2015.



Friday, October 9, 2015. 06:30 PM


Cubberley Auditorium


Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford Storytelling Project


(650) 725-2787


Tickets required for entry for all persons, regardless of age. Please see details above.