Buddhism in the Media

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Buddhism in Hollywood
Jaime Palomo
World Religion RE 109
Nancy Almodovar
May 1, 2016

“You’re going to steal it?, No we’re going to give it back, we must give back more than we take.” This quote was taken from the movie Point Break. Buddhism ideas in Hollywood has been portrayed in countless movies, however, are these ideas that Hollywood portray are authentic? In this short essay I will give example on how accurate Hollywood is when dealing with Buddhist idea. Religious stereotypes can be found throughout a wide variety of shows, movies, and commercials, however are these depictions as accurate as you think? For example in an episode of family guy entitled “Mom’s the Word”, Stewie Griffin’s grandmother recent dies and it is
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Zen is hard to describe in words, here are a few phrases that can help describe Zen; “Zen is more an attitude then belief, Zen is the peace that comes from being one with the entity other than yourself, and Zen means experiencing fully the present , and delighting in the basic miracle of life itself (” I can see how some people can watch the movie Point Break and make certain comparisons on how Bodhi and his crew live their life and that of some principals of Buddhism by their thoughts, but their actions are showing otherwise. “This was never about money for us, It was about us against the system. That system killed the human spirit. We stand for something.” His principal thoughts of Buddhism and what his actions are complete opposite of one another. Bodhi thoughts could be believable to someone who isn’t that familiar with the Buddhist religion and could easily convince a group of people to believe in his cause if they had events that effected the way their lives turned out. In this paper I have discussed a couple different ways on how Hollywood portrays the religion of Buddhism in television and in movies. Some beliefs are portrayed true to a certain extent, but most are exaggerated to help with rates and money. I believe that Hollywood will always put a spin on things to captivate their attended audience.

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