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  •  READER COMMENTS

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

    Subject: all
    Date: Aug 11, 2005
    Sender: ErikPrevious | Next

    I just watched the film for the second time and want to thank all of you for your responses, especially those of you with deep questions and those with knowledge of Buddhism who shared it without arrogance. I found myself in deep and grateful agreement with what many of you have asked and said. I was most moved by the simplicity and mood of the film and the way in which it captured both the struggle with human existing and the possibilities of a contemplative way of being in the world with awareness, stillness, acceptance, loving-kidness and compassion. The second time through I was touched by the woman who brought the child at the end. This time I thought that she may have kept her face covered so the child would not become attached to her have had to feel even greater grief than he did. However, I was also struck that when the monk first tried to uncover her face, she reached out and took his hand. Somehow I had the sense in that moment that she may have been someone who knew him. Finally, the old monk's burning himself seemed to be an acceptance of and readiness to become one with non-being. However, none of these musings are as important to me as the simplicity of the message of the difficulty and suffering of human life, and the possibility of becoming one and at peace with it, whatever it is. Mucho metta to you all.

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    Re: the symbolic

    Dear Shelley,

    After watching a movie like 'Spring, Summer...', perhaps the best way to approach buddhism is not through the gates of scholastic explanations, but rather through the beautiful poetry of the buddhist monk Ryokan, whose stanzas are very reminiscent of the mood of the movie.
    The collection that I have and strongly recommend is 'Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf'.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590301080







    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