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January 16, 2009


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Favorite movie to express the Dharma?
I can not really pick and choose so well.
I guess anything my wife picks out is a good enough lesson.
There is my suffering watching the movie,
The reason for suffering: My resistance to my wife's choice in movies.
There is a way to end the suffering.
That way is the skillful application of the Noble eight fold path.

Sometimes it can be conquered with right speech: Sweetheart, I would really like to watch a different movie.
Sometimes it can be conquered with right action: I have to get this project done that I am working on in the garage.
Sometimes it can be conquered with right livelihood: Sorry, I have to be up early for work tomorrow so I can’t watch the movie right now.
Sometimes it can be conquered with right effort: Ok sweetheart I will watch your movie if I can work on this other thing while it is on.
Sometimes it can be conquered with right mindfulness: Ok sweetheart we can watch this movie (and I zone out for the whole show)
Sometimes it can be conquered with right concentration: Ok let’s watch the movie what did he say, what did she say, what dose that mean, what is that word, why are they talking so fast, do you have this in English?
Sometimes it can be conquered with right intention: I want to make her happy so I will watch a movie with her.
Sometimes it can be conquered with right view: It is only a movie, at least she feels good because I am spending time with her, ill just drop the idea of a movie and be still.

Have a great weekend Barry, and thank you for herding the


Oh, and in case the snark did not come through, the previous post was intended as humor...



"Lord of the Rings"...Oh...my...precious!

Happy (Fri)Day Barry!


I like also "Romy & Michele's High School Reunion" movie.

Fav "Buddhist" movie? Hard to say... Korean film maker Kim Ki-Duk's movies are pretty awesome. Especially "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring,_Summer,_Fall,_Winter..._and_Spring is so great -a story of "a Buddhist monastery which floats on a lake in a pristine forest. The story is about the life of a Buddhist monk as he passes through the seasons of his life, from childhood to old age." And "3-Iron" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-Iron is also really great. Other "Buddhist" movies I love is of course The Matrix Trilogy and Star Wars- movies.. but Buddhist vibes can be found from so many movies and animations. From Bob the Builder for example. ;)

To become comfortable with our selves; that's a really important challenge for all of us! Practice, practice, practice...

Thank you, Barry!


I must've missed that one when it came out. Thanks for sharing it. I'll have to go back and rent it. Not sure on the favorite movie...

Barry Briggs

Jordan, you are one funny person! Thank you for your awesome post.

Hi Alice - oh, yes, I've watched it many times. Read the book out loud to my daughter. Used it as a guidebook in the mountains.

Uku - very odd karma - Susann and I just watched "Spring, Summer..." (again) on Thursday night!

Hi Molly - yes, check it out. It's funny, in a stupid but moving kind of way. Very clear example of how we make our own suffering.


Funny that I read this post today -- yesterday I watched "Run Lola Run," a quirky German movie that really struck me as thoroughly Buddhist this time around! First, the idea of cause and effect drives the entire movie (each version of her attempt to rescue her boyfriend sets off a different sequence of events). Second, there are two "fade to red" scenes that show Lola and her boyfriend chatting in bed, presumably after sex. These two conversations seemed particularly to speak to the ideas of impermanence and attachment.

I recommend it -- even though it's from 1999, it holds up very well. The DVD offers a choice between subtitles and English dubbed.

John Small

OK, now Barry, you're just freaking me out. Very few of my friends have ever understood why I Love this movie. I've been watching it every time my favorite niece comes into town. It's a ritual. One of the subversively Smart Dumb Movies.

Just watched Pleasantville again.
And of course Groundhog Day.

Barry Briggs

I've shown this movie to others, John, and they just don't get it. It takes a "special" mind...

Barry Briggs

Zensquared - thanks for the reminder about Run Lola Run - I've ordered from the library and look forward to seeing it again!


i love this movie so much. it is hilarious and what it shows is real partnership and acceptance of who you are. loved it at college, still love it now. Nice choice!!

Barry Briggs

Thank you, Elaine! I get a smile on my face every time I think about this movie - always a good thing!

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