Dharma Talk: 6:00 - 6:45
Movie: 7:00 - 8:30
Friday - January 31, 2020
Suggested Donation $3 to $10
At Porters Neck Yoga & Bhavana Community
106 Marshall Court, Unit 120
Wilmington NC 28411.
Behind Winslett and Walls Dentist Offices
7643 Market St
This month there will be a short discussion about the movie and why it is considered a dharma movie. We will start at 6:00 with a short period of meditation and then Catherine will offer some comments about the dharma in the movie . Questions and comments are welcome. There will be a short break to have tea with our community before the movie starts at 7:00
Released in 1987, the Princess Bride has become a cult classic for Generation-Xers. In this classic quest story, our hero (Westley) must rescue his true love (Princess Buttercup) and on the way is pursued by an evil prince (Humperdink) intent on marrying (and then killing) the princess. Westley must first fight her kidnappers led by the evil Count Vizzini and after some confusion and a glorious kissing scene, the two of them escape into a fire swamp inhabited by ‘rodents of unusual size’ while evading the evil Prince Humperdink and his gang of thugs. Unfortunately, the prince finds him and he is captured and killed (almost). Adventure follows as he is rescued by two unlikely friends, the kind and lovable giant, Fezzik, and the Spanish fencing master, Inigo Montoya, who is intent on avenging the death of his father by a man with six fingers.
Ethan Nichtern, a Buddhist teacher in the Shambhala tradition and author of the book “The Dharma of “The Princess Bride”, estimates he has seen the movie over 37 times and quotes it often in his dharma talks. Nichtern draws parallels between the quest for the Princess Bride and the path of Dharma. Like Westley in search of True Love, Siddhartha was on a quest. His quest was for freedom the very real suffering created by sickness, old age and death, Some might see True Awakening as a variation of True Love.
Nichtern, in line with modern sociological research documenting that our survival is related to cooperative efforts fueled by feelings of social connection, argues that any quest story, like Buddha’s or Westley’s, is all about relationships. Ananda, Buddha’s attendant, approached the Buddha and stated, “Good friendship is half of the spiritual life.” And the Buddha replied, “Not so, Ananda. Friendship is the entire spiritual life.” In the Princess Bride, we see how friends save the day again and again. If we were all like Fezzik, we would save our friends from the Cliffs of Insanity, nurse them back to health after a bender, or find four white horses at just right time to ride safely off to tomorrow. If there is anything true, it is that we are all interconnected and our happiness depends on the happiness of all.
Want to know why this is great movie, not just a dharma movie, see this review.