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Lions Roar : July 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2009 39 Laughs” list. He proudly displays the plaque in the foyer of the small offices of his production company, ocean Pictures, upstairs from his favorite Greek restaurant in Highland Park, north of Chicago. Pointers to things spiritual abound even in the light comedy Caddyshack, starring Rodney Dangerfield as a loudmouth who abhors the protocols of a snooty country club, Chevy Chase as the unflappable playboy with no apparent source of income, and Bill Murray as the demented vietnam vet turned golf course grounds- keeper who takes out his hatred of the vietcong on gophers. Reference is made to the Japanese haiku poet Basho, and Chase’s character encourages a golf protégé to “be the ball,” a nod to Golf in the Kingdom, a book by Esalen Institute founder Michael Murphy. Ramis takes particular glee in a zany rant by Murray about caddying for the Dalai Lama, which he says is perhaps the first time His Holi- ness is mentioned in an American film. And it’s from the mouth of Judge smail, played by Ted Knight, that the quintessential Ramis question arises: “The most important decision you can make right now is what do you stand for, goodness...or badness?” Rabbi Irwin Kula, a spiritual advisor to Ramis, said he found the shadow of what Buddhists call the “hungry ghost” in one of Ramis’ darkest films, The Ice Harvest, a 2005 black comedy about larceny, lust, and lethal behavior in icebound Kansas on a Christ- mas Eve, starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. He told Ramis the movie “demonstrates that you can never get enough of what you really don’t need.” Rabbi Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messi- ness of Life, recognizes the ethical thread interweaving Buddhism and Judaism. He took part in a seminar with the Dalai Lama in Decem- ber, 2007, and met Ramis at High Holy Days services in Chicago. “I would call Harold an ethically responsible spiritual plural- ist with Jewish roots and Buddhist tendencies,” he said. “Both traditions understand that we laugh so we don’t get too attached to our suffering, that we are not our suffering. Both are comfort- able asking difficult questions in a light-hearted way. Harold is especially comfortable dancing with uncertainty.” Ramis takes particular glee in a zany rant in Caddyshack by Bill Murray about caddying for the Dalai Lama, which he says is perhaps the first time His Holiness is mentioned in an American film. CouRTEsyofCoLuMBIAPICTuREs,©1996ALLRIGHTsREsERvED