The Buddha in Hollywood

On January 10th, 2013 I will deliver a lecture on Buddhist themes in contemporary film. The lecture will take place at the Buddhist Temple of Marin, in Mill Valley California from 7:30 – 9:30pm.

The ideas articulated by Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th Century BC are truths that extend beyond Buddhism itself. In this talk, I will examine a number of contemporary motion pictures in order to demonstrate how ideas basic to Buddhism are also conveyed through popular culture. By scrutinizing films such as Night of the Living Dead, Perfect Sense, The Fountain and The Matrix, we will discover how impermanence, suffering, desire and the aspiration toward enlightenment are common themes in modern film.

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