Buddhism and American Cinema by John Whalen-Bridge

By John Whalen-Bridge

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

In 1989, an identical 12 months the Dalai Lama used to be provided the Nobel Peace Prize, a decade-long increase of movies devoted to Buddhist humans, background, and tradition started. supplying the 1st scholarly therapy of Buddhism and cinema, the editors suggest that there are forms of Buddhist movie: those who are approximately Buddhists and people who will not be. Focusing on modern American choices, the members expand a two-pronged process, discussing how Buddhism has been captured via administrators and offering Buddhist-oriented reviews of the worlds represented in movies that might appear to don't have any reference to Buddhism. movies mentioned variety from these set in Tibet, akin to Kundun and Lost Horizon, to these set good open air of any Buddhist milieu, similar to Groundhog Day and The Matrix. The individuals clarify the Buddhist theoretical techniques that emerge in those works, together with karma, the bardo, and reincarnation, and examine them on the subject of interpretive thoughts that come with feminism, postcolonialism, and contemplative mental methods

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Chapter 5 is “Momentarily Lost: Finding the Moment in Lost in Translation,” by Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki, and it provides a close reading of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) in relation to Buddhist concepts of momentariness and selflessness. Rather than consider persons as bodies that contain impermanent selves or souls, Buddhist psychology understands “self” to be a side effect of numerous conditions that shift from moment to moment. The film concerns two characters who are momentarily lost and caught in an instance of psychological bardo.

The wealth and security of the living depend on maintaining with them relations of mutual care assistance. Each day in homes throughout Vietnam, millions of invitations are whispered to ancestors … to partake of family meals.  … Twice a month, householders and shopkeepers strew food offerings and burn votive paper by the side of the road to appease the restless souls of those who have died unjustly or away from home. Sacrifices are made to the nature spirits that inhabit trees, mountains, caves and coastlines.

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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