and Religion: Is The Force Real?
Ive started to
compile some links to explore the religion of Star
Wars. The Force probably owes its origins to the ancient
Chinese philosophies of Taoism(definition here) and whatWorld Magazine calls
ZenLite. Although I am a big fan
of Star Wars, as a Believer, I feel it is important to
keep the origin of this philosophy in perspective. Here are
some articles or essays on this topic. In time, I hope to be
supplementing this with some information written specifically
for this site.
||The May 22,
1999, issue of World Magazine has some excellent
articles on The Force and Christianity, including:
the Myth Explores Taoism,
The Force, the myths related to Star Wars, and
the technology or possible technology of Star
New Age Basics and
According to The
Times (London), Buddist monks in Brighton (UK) are going
to prepare a Star Wars meditation course which will soon be
offered at their website, www.bodhisattva.co.uk. Buddhist monk,
Kelsang Lodro states, So many films deal with Buddhist
concepts but they leave the questions unanswered, probably
because they don't know the answers themselves. George Lucas
used loads of Buddhist ideas, so we want to answer the
questions that he asks. The site currently features a
course that deals with themes inspired by the film The
You may also find Star
Wars: The Magic of Myth interesting. It is a virtual
display of the The National Air and Space Museums (part of
the Smithsonian Institution) exhibit on Star Wars.
The exhibit will be touring the USA for a few years starting
in January 2000, but the virtual exhibit should remain open.
What Does It
Mean to Be a Believer?
(One of the best presentations I have found.)
Who Is Jesus?
The Four Spiritual Laws
/ Las Cuatro
Leyes Espirituales (en español) / In Other
The Gospel of
n [Jp, religious meditation, fr. Chin (Pek)
chan(2), fr. Pali jhana, fr. Skt
dhyana, fr. dhyati he thinksmore at
SEMANTIC] (1902): a Japanese sect of Mahayana Buddhism that
aims at enlightenment by direct intuition through meditation.
(Websters Ninth New Collegiate
\-,iz-em\ n [Tao]
(1838) 1. A Chinese mystical philosophy
traditionally founded by Lao-tzu in the 6th century B.C. that
teaches conformity to the Tao by unassertive action and
simplicity. 2. a religion developed from
Taoist philosophy and folk and Buddhist religion and
concerned with obtaining long life and good fortune often by
magical means. (Websters Ninth New Collegiate