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    Reader comments on Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring

    Subject: Re: burning oneself alive
    Date: Jul 9, 2004
    Sender: Vil BlekaitisPrevious | Next

    I think cinthya hits the symbolism right on the head: the first monk must die, so that we can witness the cycles of life proceed with his protege. The movie'w title really is apt and without guile: human beings go through cycles during the course of their lives that can be likened to the turning of the seasons. I, too, would have been much more appalled if the protege had found the skeletal remains of his teacher; self-immolation, within a very small segment of mankind is as natural--and in the monk's case more so--as burial for Christians or leaving the remains to be picked clean by vultures (is it the Parsis of India?). I think Cinthya's insight about why, symbolically, the monk had to die in the boat is brilliant. I had the good fortune of seeing the movie with a Buddhist, so I didn't have to think one minute what the various animals at the monastery represented (though some reflection would have worked anyway), but my companion explained the ending--where the Buddhist figurine is hauled up the hill--in Buddhist terms or I would have been baffled by its symbolism. No matter. What a great movie, if for no other reason than the cinematic lushness of the movie.

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    Response to this comment:
    Re: burning oneself alive

    your reaction was completely natural. but you have to look beyond the superficial significance of it. buddhism supports the idea that once one has mastered oneself, one can do as they please as regards to the life and death of their physical body. perhpas the 'master' commited suicide because he felt his work was done and it was time for the cycle to begin anew. also, for movie purposes, a suicide was appropiate. i think it would have been even more apalling to find the carcass of the master rotting in the shrine with the return of the monk. another symbolism is the boat. the boat was the master's vehicle, just like the body was the vehicle for his soul. he burned both of those vehicles forcing the monk to find his own way...and leaving behind his shoes for the monk to fill.






    Comment index:

  • burning oneself alive   from diane greene, May 19, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from Cheong YongTai, Jun 26, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from Nancy, Jun 27, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from Tony Ferguson, Jul 26, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from cinthya, Apr 21, 2009
  • » Re: burning oneself alive «   from Vil Blekaitis, Jul 9, 2004
  • Symbolism   from Gail, Jan 17, 2005
  • Spring, Summer, Fall...   from , Jun 22, 2004
  • Re: Spring, Summer, Fall...   from dottie cohen, Jul 5, 2004
  • Re: Spring, Summer, Fall...   from Loca Salmagundi, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: Spring, Summer, Fall...   from Tony, Jul 26, 2004
  • Re: woman's hidden face   from Bill, Mar 7, 2005
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring   from D McClain, Jul 12, 2004
  • spring, summer, fall, winter...spring   from Koji Takakuwa, Nov 29, 2004
  • spring, summer, fall, winter...spring   from Koji Takakuwa, Dec 8, 2004
  • Addendum to previous commentary   from Koji Takakuwa, Dec 15, 2004
  • my thoughts.   from Joey, Feb 22, 2005
  • Sutra translation   from Bill, Mar 7, 2005
  • the second statue   from mary, May 9, 2005
  • Re: the second statue   from michael, May 16, 2005
  • Re: the second statue   from John L, Sep 19, 2005
  • the symbolic   from roh jin, Jul 25, 2005
  • Re: the symbolic   from shelley, Aug 1, 2005
  • Re: the symbolic   from roh jin, Aug 2, 2005
  • all   from Erik, Aug 11, 2005
  • Re: the symbolic   from sean lee, Jan 16, 2008
  • burning oneself alive   from diane greene, May 19, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from Cheong YongTai, Jun 26, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from Nancy, Jun 27, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from Tony Ferguson, Jul 26, 2004
  • Re: burning oneself alive   from cinthya, Apr 21, 2009
  • » Re: burning oneself alive «   from Vil Blekaitis, Jul 9, 2004
  • Symbolism   from Gail, Jan 17, 2005
  • Spring, Summer, Fall...   from , Jun 22, 2004
  • Re: Spring, Summer, Fall...   from dottie cohen, Jul 5, 2004
  • Re: Spring, Summer, Fall...   from Loca Salmagundi, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: Spring, Summer, Fall...   from Tony, Jul 26, 2004
  • Re: woman's hidden face   from Bill, Mar 7, 2005
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring   from D McClain, Jul 12, 2004
  • spring, summer, fall, winter...spring   from Koji Takakuwa, Nov 29, 2004
  • spring, summer, fall, winter...spring   from Koji Takakuwa, Dec 8, 2004
  • Addendum to previous commentary   from Koji Takakuwa, Dec 15, 2004
  • my thoughts.   from Joey, Feb 22, 2005
  • Sutra translation   from Bill, Mar 7, 2005
  • the second statue   from mary, May 9, 2005
  • Re: the second statue   from michael, May 16, 2005
  • Re: the second statue   from John L, Sep 19, 2005
  • the symbolic   from roh jin, Jul 25, 2005
  • Re: the symbolic   from shelley, Aug 1, 2005
  • Re: the symbolic   from roh jin, Aug 2, 2005
  • all   from Erik, Aug 11, 2005
  • Re: the symbolic   from sean lee, Jan 16, 2008