20 May, 2022


Video: Killing Buddha – A Film By Betsy Chasse

 By Betsy Chasse –

Embrace Nothing. If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha … only live your life as it is, not bound to anything. – Linji, 9th century Founder Linji school of Chán Buddhism

By participating in this project at any level you’re invited to join a special group – come along as we make the film via a special website just for you! Watch videos from the set, see behind the scenes footage, chat online with the cast and the film makers and so much more! Once you join in the funding you’re a part of the team!

While distributing What The Bleep Do We Know?! I was honored to be able to travel the world to speak about my experience making “Bleep.” The most common question people asked me at the end of my talks was, “ How did a broke, out of work, spiritually unconscious, material Valley Girl who was into sex, tequila and expensive shoes end up being a writer, director and producer of What the Bleep Do We Know!?”

Sometimes it takes the most unlikely of people in the most unusual circumstances to create something that touches the world like “Bleep” did. The story I told was so funny and resonated with so many people I decided to write a film about it, a comedy called Killing Buddha.


When life is in chaos we are forced to change, a lesson successful film producer Sara Wells reluctantly learns when her seemingly perfect life comes crashing down. Desperate for work, she takes on a documentary project about spirituality and the new thought movement. Will “Killing Buddha” mark her triumphant return to the riches she thinks her life once contained? Or will she and her mismatched crew of seekers, believers and cynics find that ultimately it’s not what you have and what you believe in, but who you ultimately become that counts?

Think “Bridget Jones gets hired to shoot a documentary about finding the meaning of life.”

Funny and light-hearted, Killing Buddha is a mainstream comedy that will include interviews with some of the greatest spiritual teachers, such as Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and many others interacting with the actors as they shoot the “film within the film.”

Why do I want to make the film? 

Killing Buddha is a reminder that everything we seek can be found within ourselves. Hence the title which prompts us to let go of all our attachments to the people, things and events in our lives that we put on pedestals thinkingthey can bring us happiness instead of finding happiness within. Really, it’s not the car, the boyfriend, the seminar, or even the guru — it’s you that makes the difference!

Simple, right? Yeah, so simple I and everybody else I know seem to keep forgetting it! So often in our search for meaningful answers we get lost in an overwhelming sea of choices, teachers, and so many messages, we forget our-selves. We give our power away to the latest fad, the newest idea (or even the oldest idea) we’ve just heard. Sometimes these beliefs and people take over and we lose track of our inner guidance.

Which is why I think it’s so important to get a funny reminder out there for all the people who’ve been on the spiritual path forever, as well as all the newbies asking the questions (maybe for the first time), “What does my life mean? Why am I here? And how can I be happy?”

Why help me fund this film?

Why should I make another film about “spirituality”? I mean, doesn’t everybody know this already? Well, firstly, this isn’t just another talking heads documentary about quantum physics (been there- done that!) It’s a back-to-the-basics narrative comedy that happens to have a spiritual message and includes some great minds helping our characters find it.

So, even if you know that happiness lies within, it’ll be funny to see all the ways we can forget! I’m sure many of you will relate to some of the incredible experiences our characters find themselves in. And consider this – there are literally millions of people in the world who could really use this message (specially in these times) who probably aren’t willing to watch films about quantum physics!

Or hey, you can just laugh at me via the characters in the movie! If there’s anything I learned making “BLEEP” it’s that films where people espouse great one-line quotes about the meaning of life are great and have their place. But sometimes, more than anything else, we all just need a good laugh. And when you’re laughing you’re more likely to learn something new. So, whatever reasons you need to join me in making this film – lets just do it!

Other Ways You Can Help

I am so grateful to all of you who supported “What the BLEEP.” It was because of your support that our little movie made such a global impact. And in those days we didn’t have social networking!

So, even if you can’t help fund this film, you can help spread the word! Please share this campaign on your social network, with your friends and anyone you think might want to be a part of bringing this simple, but important message to as many people as possible.

It all starts with you.

Thank you

Courtesy Crowd Funding Live


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  • 0

    This is the message which the Buddha himself preached on numerous occasions to his disciples, followers and to anyone who want to end suffering and attain permanent bliss, Nirvana.
    Unfortunately, his message has been forgotten by all of us. His path for enlightenment was to follow ‘Alobha'(non-greed), ‘Adosha'(non-hatred) and ‘Amoha’ (non-delusion) which is neither the Lobha, Dosha and Moha nor their opposites, generosity, love and knowledge.
    If anyone is interested in living and being born again and again, he should embrace the Buddha; if anyone is interested in seeking enlightenment, as Linji preached to his students, he should ‘kill the Buddha’, not in physical sense, but in ideological sense.
    congratulations to the creators of this movie!

  • 0

    Precisely, salvation for man is within and not helped from anyone outside. Therefore the Institutionalised Commercial Buddhism of wearing a Buddhist Label collecting merit by offering alms is not the way forward.

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