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Lions Roar : July 2016
Where is the most unexpected place you’ve meditated? Send your answer, photo, and location to email@example.com The Danish Girl resonates a strong Buddhist message in its portrayal of suffering, acceptance, and the power of universal love. I have thought often of Thich Nhat Hanh’s concept of interbeing as I have reflected upon this powerful film. —Robert Bowd, Newmarket, Ontario I love The Razor’s Edge, the original with Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney. Its message is simple: there’s no need to judge, only to be loving and compassionate. —Judith Justin, Kansas Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Its magical last scene depicts nirvana. After struggling with his grandiose need to be a star, the protagonist finally lets go, and says of The Birdman, “I don’t need you.” He can now open the window of his mind and see the birds floating effortlessly in the bright blue sky filled with sunshine. His daughter enters the room, which is symbolically “empty,” goes to the window, and sees the same bright blue sky. A warm smile fills her face. He has healed himself and their relationship. We see his newfound satisfaction with life through her smile. —Michael Becker, Lakewood, New Jersey The more I watch Groundhog Day, the more obvious it is that Bill Murray’s Phil is striving to help others without reaping benefits for himself. Very Buddhist-like indeed! —Gary Paur, St. Louis, Missouri Red, the final film of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy, follows characters unaware of their interbeing. In one scene, a university student confronted by too much suffering asks a retired judge what it is, in the end, that we can really do to help. His reply: “You can be. That’s all: be.” —Chris Pryslopski, Rosendale, New York Smoke, starring William Hurt and Harvey Keitel, is a poignant, humorous account of everyday life with back stories that reveal spiritual principles: compassion, selfless service, reflection and acceptance. —Reva Damir, Modesto, California The Matrix beautifully illustrates the idea of being trapped in the illusion of permanence, and the painful but liberating experience of awakening to the reality of impermanence and emptiness. —Misty Jayne SHARE YOUR WISDOM What’s your favorite film with a Buddhist message? Make your practice your life! study . meditate . serve Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies Master of Divinity www.maitripa.org MAITRIPA COLLEGE | PORTLAND, OREGON LION’S ROAR | JULY 2016 29