We All Have a little Keanu In Us

Buddhism and Modern Psych Week 2: The Eightfold Path

In the lesson today, I was caught off guard by the comment the professor made:

“Buddhist practice, in the spiritual sense, involves having a little Keanu Reeves in you, you know.”

Adorable Neo chibi by Claudiney

Adorable Neo chibi by Claudiney

And while I first laughed, I know this is a true allegory.  Referring to Neo of the movie series, The Matrix, The professor states how Buddhists felt the movie resonated with their beliefs that we all need to “wake up” and better see the truth of the world; and I know many Christian friends who said the same.  Both groups have made comments that the movie portrayed the fact that we are blinded by this current physical world, and cannot see the truth of the spiritual battles around us.  Like Neo (Keanu’s character), many of us feel sort of “stuck” in our lives, and that there’s something bigger and deeper out there, and that we want to WAKE UP! and see what the truth is — even if it’s scary, and dangerous, and takes a lot of work!

Christianity offers freedom through Christ; Buddhism offers it through the Eightfold Path  – and there are actually many overlapping guiding principles/rules here.

EIGHTFOLD PATH:

  1. Right View (understanding)
  2. Right Intention
  3. Right Speech (no gossip, insults, lies, etc)
  4. Right Action
  5. Right Livelihood
  6. Right Effort
  7. Right Mindfulness (beginning meditation)
  8. Right Concentration (deeper meditation)

I look forward to learning more about each of these parts of the path!  Let us continue down this rabbit hole…

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