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By John Whalen-Bridge

Discusses either depictions of Buddhism in movie and Buddhist takes on a number of films.

In 1989, an analogous 12 months the Dalai Lama used to be presented the Nobel Peace Prize, a decade-long increase of movies devoted to Buddhist humans, heritage, and tradition begun. delivering the 1st scholarly remedy of Buddhism and cinema, the editors propose that there are varieties of Buddhist movie: those who are approximately Buddhists and those who are usually not. Focusing on modern American choices, the members expand a two-pronged method, discussing how Buddhism has been captured through administrators and offering Buddhist-oriented evaluations of the worlds represented in motion pictures that will look to don't have any reference to Buddhism. movies mentioned diversity from these set in Tibet, corresponding to Kundun and Lost Horizon, to these set good open air of any Buddhist milieu, reminiscent of Groundhog Day and The Matrix. The participants clarify the Buddhist theoretical techniques that emerge in those works, together with karma, the bardo, and reincarnation, and think about them relating to interpretive techniques that come with feminism, postcolonialism, and contemplative mental techniques

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On the one hand, the films can be seen as ways in which something alien is translated into more familiar terms. Also, the films can be seen as essential statements about “how we are” that are then subject to Buddhist-inspired modes of interpretation, such as when one author develops the concept of samsara by using the more familiar term “desperation” and locating it within the film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Part 1, Representation and Intention, collects essays on the most well-known American movies that have directly represented Buddhism.

The authors explore the ways in which American popular culture has adopted and appropriated Buddhism and reworked them to fit into the American mythos—the Manifest Destiny and the American Dream in such movies as the The Matrix (1999), Fight Club (1999), and The Last Samurai (2003), as well as the popular rock band Rage Against the Machine. Using the term “American Militant Buddhism,” Harper and Anderson explore the effects and consequences of reinforcing or legitimizing the right to spread liberation by employing violence.

I read one of his scholarly articles on my work, and I was so impressed by his insight, the depth of his knowledge of literature and philosophy (Western and Eastern), that I called his English department at the University of Connecticut (Stamford) and left a message, thanking him for this gift of the mind and spirit. It was Dr. ” That story, “Kamadhatu: A Modern Sutra,” appears in Shambhala Sun (March 2012): 37–41. ) I should also mention that after Storhoff read his paper that day, I saw another participant who read a paper before him lean toward Gary and enthusiastically whisper, “You win!

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