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Lions Roar : May 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2010 31 ideas about the story. I would say that the interpretations of the story in the film tend to be more from the Mahayana or Zen points of view than the Theravada. I think the interpretations are the key to the point of view of the film. That’s right. The facts of the Buddha’s life are beautifully told in the film, but the payoff is in the commentary by well-known Bud- dhist teachers, scholars, and practitioners. Exactly, and there were a lot of choices I had to make there. For example, the Bud- dha leaves home when he’s twenty-nine, leaves his wife and his child. I asked ev- erybody, What about that? I only used one answer, but there are other answers to that question. So one way I hope the film and the website will function is to open up discussion of different interpretations. The key moment in the film, of course, comes when the Buddha is meditating un- der the Bodhi tree. The film does a good job of describing the basic problem that Bud- dhism addresses, which is suffering. And the answer, which the Buddha discovers at that moment, is something called enlightenment or awakening. Millions of Americans are going to hear that message. How do you want them to understand it? I love the way Merwin puts a cap on it: Pay attention. Just pay attention. It’s just this moment. To me, it’s that. It’s how rich it is to be present in the moment and to know that’s where the miracle is. That is what I would like people to hear. That to me is what I think the Buddha’s basic dis- covery is, and then the rest is: How do we get there? How do we get to this joy? ♦ You have the potential to lead a richer and more meaningful life, and the Buddha is your guide and model. That to me is the message. VISIT THE SHAMBHALA SUN ONLINE STORE www.shambhalasun.com SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner ’s Quarterly. SALE! Enjoy savings of up to 35% on our collection of dharma art – www.shambhalasun.com Own the Art that Inspires Buddha Shakyamuni © Wisdom Publications and Schneelowe Enjoy our collection of dharma art captured in beautiful archival quality giclée prints. Taken from the pages of the magazines, the gallery art includes pieces by well-known teachers, artists and contributors, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Trungpa, Kaz Tanahashi, and cartoonist David Sipress.