The Dharma of Star Wars – Matthew Bortolin
“If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”
The Dharma of Star Wars brings together the phenomenon of Star Wars with humanity’s profound hunger for the spiritual. Parade magazine recently declared “Jedi Knight” to be the “Best New Religion” and the UK Times reported, “It is George Lucas, rather than St. Luke, who taught today’s twentysomethings much of what they first learnt about right and wrong.” (And perhaps more famously: in a UK census, some 390,000 British citizens declared “Jedi” to be their official religion. Similarly, a census report in in Australia tallied 70,000 as followers of the Star Wars “faith.”) For many, Star Wars was their first taste of religious thought without the dogma and restrictions of organized religion. It awoke in them a certain spirituality that Buddhism, with its emphasis on personal inquiry and self-realization, so fluidly speaks to. The Dharma of Star Wars uses Buddhism and George Lucas’ powerful mythos to illuminate each other in a way that speaks directly to the heart.