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  1. Just saw “Inception” and reading this was like taking a nice antidote…thanks!

  2. “The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see.”

    “Only awake to the One Mind and there is nothing whatever to be attained.”

    “The One Mind alone is the Buddha and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood.”

    – Zen Master Huang Po

  3. Inception I just saw at the almost absurdly posh Paragon Nokia theater. Really fantastic film, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to convey about the mind’s ability to construct its own reality(s) via the pop film format. I’ve seen plenty of films that make one wonder, “was it all a dream?”; but this one goes even further. (I don’t wish to spoil the plot for anyone, so I shan’t say more about that.)

    Inception’s central thesis is that, at our cores, we are irrational, emotion-driven creatures that produce elaborate illusions to either hide or justify these feelings. One really effective plot device the filmmaker employs to effect the feeling of peril is the idea that what happens within each level of dream reality actually matters a great deal in waking reality. The stakes, therefore, are quite high. Bad choices (or bad luck) can leave you in a subjective state of limbo practically forever; but on the other hand, by directly confronting one’s deepest fears–and prevailing–a profoundly therapeutic healing can take place.