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May the Force Be Unnecessary With You

Jon Fujita

One needs wisdom, strength, and ethics to pursue a Buddhist life. It’s a discipline and a challenge. It’s a journey through the internal world. The Star Wars film series depicts worldly struggle: lightsaber duels, space battles, galactic journeys, and political intrigue. How can a close examination of the movies deepen our appreciation of the Dhamma?

The Force is the most important element of this modern myth. According to the character Obi-Wan, the Force is an “energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” Life itself gives rise to a supernatural force that grants extraordinary physical and mental powers. The Force has a dark and a light side, represented respectively by the Sith Order and the Jedi Order. Characters are either evil or good. Take Kylo Ren from Episode VII: The Force Awakens as an example. His father, Han Solo, believes that this dark figure can redeem himself and appeals to the boy he once knew. Kylo Ren kills him, reaffirming his malevolence. Even those characters who engage in both good and bad behavior possess an internal composition that eventually leads them in one direction or another over time with finality.

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Bodh Gaya

A poem about the life of the Blessed One. By Tom Donovan

Bodhi Tree by Maranda Russell

It is a place and nothing more,
No different to behold despite particulars
Than any village in the district.
Still it is here,
In the public park,
Under the pipal tree,
On my mat of kusa grass,
I have apprehended the sorrow
Of myself and of all people,
And have understood the Unforgiving Law,
Seen the bleached and desolate fullness of it,
The devouring hungry emptiness of Craving.

And it is here that Mara has come to me,
In his fever to tempt my mind from its new way,
And I wonder that this bloated demon
Has not seen these wide eyes,
Which bid men open up their view,
To see between the dead habits of the Brahmin,
And the living folly of the poor Samana,
Between their expansion and reduction,
Between the cruel formal and the cruel nil,
Straight to Chanda,
The line through vain desire,
Through the irrelevant beginnings and ends of things,
The acceptance of the ambiguous and the unanswerable.

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Make Your Own Vegan Sweet Potato Snowy Mooncakes

From the Buddhistdoor team

With people around the world celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival, Shereese, Kind Chef of the Kind Kitchen Class at Green Common, shows you how to make your very own Vegan Sweet Potato Snowy Mooncakes – delicious, healthy, and with minimal ecological impact.

Special thanks:
Kind Kitchen @ Green Common
Happy Baking Sunday

@Green Common
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