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Star Wars and Buddhism?

Okay, I got to laugh… I just got back from the movies with my wife and 10 year old son Ethan. We saw Star Wars, the Phantom Menace. I was truly amazed by all the Buddhist symbolism in the movie. I recall stumbling across some Joseph Campbell musings on the Star Wars subject years ago and I really paid attention to the symbolism today in the theater. After doing a little more research I found that others were interested or at least intrigued by the connection.

Per Eli Williamson-Jones website and even a book written by Matthew Bortolin, titled, the Dharma of Star Wars, I found this interesting scribble of info:

In the beginning of Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace, we learn the Jedi Knight’s teachings of mindfulness of the Living Force is identical to the Buddhist teaching of mindfulness of the present moment. Jedi Master Qui-Gon instructs his student Obi-Wan to not center on his anxieties and to keep his concentration in the here and now where it belongs. Anticipation of the future is sometimes necessary but not at the expense of the moment. This is being mindful of the living Force. Only by touching the present moment deeply in the here and now, are we able to live fully. There is no life outside this present moment in the past or the future. When asked why his monks were so peaceful and serene, the Buddha said, “They do not repent the past, nor do they brood for the future. They live in the present.”  – Matthew Bortolin

I thought I would google and see if creator, George Lucas was indeed a Buddhist – would be kind of funny if he was a re-born Christian – it certainly would not make any sense… Turns out Lucas was a friend of famous philosopher, Joseph Campbell. According to adherents.com Lucas is in fact a Buddhist and the force is strong with him (except maybe not with Red Tails – ouch!)

I guess it all makes sense now.

Well, anyway, Ethan and I are stoked about the next five Star Wars movies being released in the coming months.

Enjoy your Saturday evening – My son and I will be dreaming about star fighters and far off planets tonight.

John C. Bader


Well, I have been up since 2am. Truthfully, I tossed and turned in bed until 3am and finally just got up. I have been lending a hand in the final editing of my book, the Responsive Universe, so I spent the greater part of the early morning looking for misspellings. My greatest fear is misspelling the word meditation – I already caught the error several times (mediation). Apparently it is an easy mistake to make. This book began as a journal of sorts and now it is this rather overwhelming project that has engulfed my creative juices for years. It is in the final editing phase and I hope to have it in print and online by late summer.

The sun is just now beginning to rise in the east. I just let the dog out and was greeted by a brisk morning breeze. It snowed a little last night and as the sun rises into clear skies, there is this beautiful reflection of pink and purple, transitioning to oranges and reds – all reflecting off the snowy landscape. With hot coffee in hand, the experience is just short of sublime.

My 10 year old son just awoke and now the day has officially begun. I am happy to say it is Saturday and I now have the entire day to enjoy. Later, it is Stars Wars, the Phantom Menace on the big screen. I grew up with Star Wars and my son has been born into the club so to speak. He has watched the movies a thousand times on DVD but this will be his first opportunity to see it on the big screen. I am looking forward to it as well.

Well, enough rambling… time to touch up the coffee…

Enjoy your weekend…

John C. Bader


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