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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, a similar yr the Dalai Lama used to be presented the Nobel Peace Prize, a decade-long increase of flicks devoted to Buddhist humans, background, and tradition all started. providing the 1st scholarly therapy of Buddhism and cinema, the editors recommend that there are forms of Buddhist movie: those who are approximately Buddhists and those who will not be. Focusing on modern American choices, the individuals expand a two-pronged method, discussing how Buddhism has been captured by way of administrators and offering Buddhist-oriented opinions of the worlds represented in motion pictures that might appear to haven't any reference to Buddhism. motion pictures mentioned variety from these set in Tibet, equivalent to Kundun and Lost Horizon, to these set good outdoor of any Buddhist milieu, comparable 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 when it comes to interpretive ideas that come with feminism, postcolonialism, and contemplative mental techniques

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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. Altars bear offerings to the sky … the earth … the five elements … and to the animals that guard the forest and the seas.

Audience, to use the potentially alienating term “Buddha” itself. 6 The scene depicting a male wizard or fortune-teller coming to Le Ly’s parents indicates the danger of an audience reducing sincere folk beliefs to caricature. The wizard visits Le Ly’s parents to tell of her two brothers’ fates after they joined the Viet Cong in North Vietnam. Reliance on such fortune-tellers is an aspect of Vietnamese practice, specifically village-based practice, of Buddhism in that it mixes a traditional custom of believing in fortune-telling with religious principles.

Allegories of Shadow and Light 5. Momentarily Lost: Finding the Moment in Lost in Translation Jennifer L. McMahon and B. Steve Csaki 6. Dying to Be Free: The Emergence of “American Militant Buddhism” in Popular Culture Richard C. Anderson and David A. Harper 7. Buddhism, Our Desperation, and American Cinema Karsten J. Struhl 8. Christian Allegory, Buddhism, and Bardo in Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko Devin Harner 9. “Beautiful Necessities”: American Beauty and the Idea of Freedom David L. Smith Afterword: On Being Luminous Gary Gach Bibliography Filmography About the Contributors Index FOREWORD DANNY RUBIN Ionce wrote a movie about a man who rubs a lamp and discovers a genie.

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