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Lions Roar : May 2014
Twin Peaks: The enTire MysTery 9 Blu-ray discs; Paramount a Man is dyinG on the floor of a jail cell between two mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Not even two weeks ago, despite his middle age, he’d had a head of youthfully dark hair. Now it is completely, shockingly white. The sprinkler system of the sheriff ’s department that holds him has been set off, creating the effect of a tumultuous indoor storm that rains upon the white-haired man and his captors. One of his captors—the very one who has most doggedly pur- sued him—is kneeling. The white-haired man has committed the kind of unthinkable crimes that would disgust and shake most of us to the core, but FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper remains fully with the moment. He holds the white-haired man, stroking his hair, comforting him even as the horrors of his crimes are finally admitted between last gasps. Then, Cooper speaks. The words come out of him naturally. “Leland,” he says, “the time has come for you to seek the path. your soul has set you face-to-face with the clear light, and you are now about to experience it in all its reality, wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the naked, spotless intellect is like a transparent vacuum, without circumference or center. Leland, in this moment, know yourself, and abide in that state... Look to the light, Leland. Find the light.” Though spoken as much from the heart as from the head, Coop’s words are not truly his own. Compare them with this passage from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, meant to be recited to the dying as they pass on: PAINTINgByCAROLINEFONT O, nobly-born [so-and-so by name], the time hath now come for thee to seek the Path [in reality]. Thy breathing is about to cease. Thy guru hath set thee face to face before with the Clear Light; and now thou art about to experience in its Reality in the Bardo state, wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the naked, spotless intellect is like unto a transparent vacuum without circumference or centre. At this moment, know thou thyself, and abide in that state. Leland, though in his final moment, is surprised, almost smil- ing, in response to Coop’s urging that he “find the light.” “I see it!” he says. “Into the light, Leland... Don’t be afraid.” And with that, Leland Palmer is dead. It’s unusually moving; hardly your typical SVU jailhouse scene. But this is no ordinary TV jailhouse, and it’s certainly not ordinary TV. This is Twin Peaks, where nothing—not family, not FBI men, not even an owl in a tree—is as it seems. Into the Light with Dale Cooper Twin Peaks’s quirky-cool special agent famously upended the idea of the TV G-man. Now he’s back in a deluxe new Blu-ray set. rod Meade sperry looks at one of pop culture’s most endearing, enduring dharma friends. Reviews RoD MeaDe SpeRRy is the associate editor of the Shambhala Sun and the editor of the new anthology A Beginner’s guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers. SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2014 77