Biblioteca

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How to be a compassionate Persona and how to practice compassion

Concierto de Arpa

45 años

Xilitla

Concert
Gypsy Guitar
Javier Estrada
Wed, Jun 8, 7pm
Sala Quetzal
100 pesos

In this guitar concert, Javier Estrada will describe with musical notes and poetry the life of the Roma people. Do not miss this unique experience.

Concert
Harp and Flamenco Guitar
Sergio Basurto
Mon, Jun 6, and Thu, Jun 7:30pm
Sala Quetzal
150 pesos

The harp and guitar concert by Sergio Basurto is an unforgettable experience. You’ll hear a tour of music from Venezuela, Cuba, Paraguay, Spain, and Mexico. The harp is magic, and Basurto shows the way he learned this vast music. The second half of the concert is flamenco and poetry.

Lecture
Xilitla and Sierra Gorda
by Arturo Morales Tirado
Teatro Santa Ana
Wed, Jun 8, 3pm
Sala Quetzal
100 pesos

Xilitla, in the “Huastecapotosina,” has held a great fascination for visitors to San Miguel de Allende since the mid-1980s because of the surreal art of an eccentric, wealthy English nobleman, Sir Edward James, who lived for more than 25 years in the middle of the rainforest of the Huasteca region, east of the state of San Luis Potosí.
The journey to Sir Edward’s “Las Pozas” passes through the Sierra Gorda in northeast Querétaro State,  less than 150 miles away from San Miguel. The biosphere reserve of Sierra Gorda offers a surprising number of ecosystems, from semi-desert, cloud forest, live oak and pine forests, to tropical.
In this amazing natural territory, occupied by Indians pames, jonases, and huastecos, are five beautiful jewels of the Mexican Mestizo Baroque, appointed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site: the Franciscan Missions in Sierra Gorda.
Between San Miguel de Allende and Xilitla are also towns like the magical Bernal, at the base of one of the most spectacular monolithic rocks on the planet; vineyards with huge cavas; paleontological sites; quarries; and two archaeological sites, Toluquilla and Ranas, in the mountains surrounded by oak trees, with ball game courts and pyramid temples.

Lecture
How to Be a Compassionate Person and How to Practice Compassion
By Larry Mills
Teatro Santa Ana
Wed, Jun 8, 4:30pm
100 pesos

You are invited to a lecture on compassion by the Tibetan Monk, Samten Lama, at the Biblioteca from 4:30 to 5:40pm on June 8. You will learn how to be a compassionate person, how to practice compassion in your life, and how important this is. This will be a hands-on time, and you will have the opportunity to practice under Samten’s guidance.
Compassion compels us to reach out to all living beings, including our so-called enemies—those people who upset or hurt us. Irrespective of what they do to you, if you remember that all beings, like you, are only trying to be happy, you will find it much easier to develop compassion towards them. Usually your sense of compassion is limited and biased. We extend such feelings only towards our family and friends or those who are helpful to us. People we perceive as enemies and others to whom we are indifferent are excluded from our concern. That is not genuine compassion. True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility. To act altruistically, concerned only for the welfare of others, with no selfish or ulterior motives, is to affirm a sense of universal responsibility.

Film
I, the Worst of All
Sun, Jun 12, 1:30pm
Spanish with English subtitles
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The prelate finds her a symbol of European laxity. He engineers the election of a new abbess, severe and ascetic. The virreina visits Sor Juana often and inspires her to write passionate poetry that the archbishop finds scandalous. The viceroy protects her. After he is replaced and returns to Spain with his wife, Sor Juana faces envy and retribution. A bishop betrays her; her confessor humbles her. Plague, a tribunal, and her confession as “the worst of all” end the great poet’s life.

Film
45 Years
Sat, Jun 11, 2pm
Spanish with English subtitles
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

45 Years is a 2015 British romantic drama directed and written by Andrew Haigh. The film is based on the short story “In Another Country” by David Constantine.
There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s (Charlotte Rampling) 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay). The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
The film was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Charlotte Rampling won the Silver Bear for Best Actress and Tom Courtenay won the Silver Bear for Best Actor. At the 88th Academy Awards, Rampling received a nomination for Best Actress in a leading role.

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