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Jun. 25th, 2018 @ 07:17 pm The most Buddhist movie ever
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If you think about it, Raiders of the Lost Ark is the most Buddhist movie ever. Of course, Indiana Jones has a lot of desires — the one that drives the movie is his desire to stop the Nazi’s from getting the Ark of the Covenant. And he does suffer because of his desires: he gets shot at, stomped, slapped and kicked — he takes a serious beating throughout the movie in his pursuit of this desire.
And yet, if he had done nothing, the end result would have been exactly the same: the Nazi’s would have opened the Ark and got their face-melting and head-exploding just rewards anyway. So if he would have learned to let go, he would have suffered a lot less, and things would have resolved themselves in the best possible way.

If that doesn’t tell us that desire begets suffering, I don’t know what does.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:tabular_rasa
Date:June 26th, 2018 01:58 am (UTC)
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LOL! I'd noticed before that Indiana Jones's presence in Raiders is ultimately useless but I'd never applied that philosophy to it XD
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From:allaboutweather
Date:June 26th, 2018 02:52 am (UTC)
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Not to mention in The Last Crusade he nearly dies from his desire to get the Holy Grail (Elsa couldn't let it go). XD
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From:ashmedai
Date:June 26th, 2018 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Not just suffering, but often great reward too, right?
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From:fub
Date:July 4th, 2018 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Well, in the end he didn't even get to put the Ark in a museum, so I guess not even that!
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From:ashmedai
Date:July 4th, 2018 08:24 pm (UTC)
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I know, I was thinking more realistic desires though. I fight for what I want and seldom don't get what I want. I could never just passively wait and hope things work out, because they usually don't that way, you know?
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From:spiral_meter
Date:June 27th, 2018 03:12 am (UTC)
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interesting, unique, valid and original viewpoint.

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From:meringues
Date:June 27th, 2018 02:11 pm (UTC)
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What an interesting point to make!
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From:nucleosides
Date:June 28th, 2018 10:58 pm (UTC)
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I think I need to see this movie, LOL...

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From:fub
Date:July 4th, 2018 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh, if you've never seen the movie, then you totally should! I mean, it's a product of its time, but it remains an excellent adventure movie!
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