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Lions Roar : May 2016
Mickey Lemle Groundhog Day directed by Harold Ramis (1993) By far the most “Buddhist” movie I’ve ever seen is not Little Buddha or The Life of the Buddha but Groundhog Day. This Harold Ramis film, written by Danny Rubin, captures the very essence of Bud- dhism. Bill Murray’s character, Phil, keeps reliving the same day over and over. He goes through all of the human attach- ments in each new repeated day, each new incarnation: power, lust, greed for experience, and so forth. Little by little, he catches on: that the purpose of life is serving others impec- cably, without savoring the fruits of his actions. Finally, by living a “perfect day of impeccable service,” he is able to break the endless cycle of reincarnation and move on. Oh yeah, he is also able to love and be loved, finally connecting heart-to-heart with Rita, played by Andie MacDowell. On a recent filming trip to India, I asked the Dalai Lama about a particu- lar practice he’s been doing for decades. “Your Holiness,” I asked, “twenty-five years ago you told me about a daily practice you do called ‘Take and Give.’ You explained that every day, in your imagination, you take on Chinese anger, hatred, and bitterness and in return give them love and compassion. Your Holiness, you’ve been doing this practice for decade—has it helped? Who are you doing it for?” Without missing a beat, he said, “For myself! It’s not going to solve the prob- lem, but it keeps my mind calm. Love and forgiveness is for yourself. Altruism is for yourself.” That is what Bill Murray’s character finally learns, one of the Dalai Lama’s greatest teachings: that selfless service for others is ultimately the greatest reward and the true purpose of life. MICKEY LEMLE is currently finishing The Last Dalai Lama?, his second major film about His Holiness the Dalai Lama. bell hooks A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki directed by Michael Goldberg (2006) Meeting many years ago with Gary Snyder, coupled with my passionate interest in the Beat poets, led me to Zen Buddhism. Indeed, it was at a May cele- bration at Snyder’s home where I first encountered Buddhist nuns. Up until that point I knew little about women in the spread of Zen Buddhism. My interest in Snyder’s poetry and his critical thinking on culture and politics coincided with a desire to learn more about Zen Buddhism. Eager to “study” Zen, I began by reading the works of Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. This generous bringer of Zen to the West also brought Zen to me—as both a way to learn and a way to practice. No wonder that more than thirty years later, when I heard that there was a documentary featuring the life and work of D.T. Suzuki, I immediately placed my order for the film, eagerly awaiting this opportunity to actually “see” images of this teacher whose lifelong passion was to bring awareness and understanding of Zen to the West. The film begins with a historical over- view so that viewers can understand the cultural backdrop—imperialist wars, Japanese resistance to colonization, and family history—to Suzuki’s develop- A final day of impeccable service: Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. LION’S ROAR | MAY 2016 46