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Francis Lu

Francis Lu

Francis G. Lu, MD,
is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at UC Davis. Since 1987 he has led 34 seminars at Esalen exploring film and the transpersonal, 28 of them with Brother David Steindl-Rast.

Mystical Realism and Transcendental Style in Film: A Mindful Film-Viewing Seminar

Jul 19 - 26, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Francis Lu

Mythologist Joseph Campbell taught that “the images of myths are reflections of the spiritual and depth potentialities of every one of us...Through contemplating those, we evoke their powers in our own lives to operate through ourselves.” In our time, filmmakers have given us new opportunities to do just this.



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