Zen and the Jedi Path

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10 Mar 2020 12:12 #350344 by Ricciluke002
Hi there, friends!
Do you know any book or text that compares Zen and Jediism? I'm quite familiar with the Jedi edition of Tao Te Ching, but can't find any text about Zen in Jediism.
Thanks in advance to anyone who'll reply!
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11 Mar 2020 07:07 #350369 by TheDude
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I am pretty sure The Dharma of Star Wars is the book you're looking for. I'm not too sure of any other books which explicitly deal with Buddhism and (arguably) Jediism. You would probably be better off just studying Zen itself rather than looking for books linking Zen and Jediism, since there are many great books out there on Zen and very few on Jediism. Maybe you could write one.
If you go about reading "reality" and "brahman" as "the Force", a lot of Indian concepts from Buddhist and Hindu sources fit nicely into the Jedi framework. Personally, I was blown away by how accurately the Upanishads described the Force (or, my view of it, at least). Maybe this is only a mental game that I play and no one else does this, maybe they do, but sometimes when I'm reading a sutra I translate it to "Jedi" terms in my head. Take this selection from the Heart Sutra for example:

“Listen Sariputra,
this Body itself is Emptiness
and Emptiness itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than Emptiness
and Emptiness is not other than this Body."

And put on a "Jedi" filter.

"Listen Sariputra,
this Body itself is the Force
and the Force itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than the Force
and the Force is not other than this Body."

It works well enough for me.
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11 Mar 2020 13:58 #350373 by Carlos.Martinez3
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We do have this available now, just making a selfish holla...

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11 Mar 2020 23:22 #350393 by Adder
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None that I know of. But its great topic to talk about!?

Zen, from Chan, from dhyana... for me my immediate reference is in the Patanjali 8 Limbs dhyana sits after dharana and is penultimate to samadhi. I tend to see dharana as the visualization of the Force concentrated into ones minds eye serving as a connection to the mental power in its raw form, and dhyana as release of that inner focus to a wide outer connection, which when properly engaged with and balanced between a dynamic focused and unfocused serves as a synergistic union. That synergy (true nature of mind perhaps) driving insight and clarity which allow strength and flexibility, at least mentally, but while discipline is easier the physical side of things still needs a form of focus probably analogous to discipline and its there which I think Jediism sits as a type of embodiment of samadhi in contemporary life. The preceding Limbs seem to build a base; setup a worldview in Yama, build a foundation of self discipline in the other intermediate Limbs. I think Zen is a system to achieve the same thing, AFAIK, and so why we so often read about Samurai incorporating Zen into their art. Same with Shaolin Kungfu. Obviously a bit bold to draw comparisons, but its not my intention to assert equivalency but rather shared application of a samadhi type state with contemporary action and activity :silly:

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29 Mar 2020 11:17 #350726 by Ganner Rhysode
It's not exactly Jedi-linked, but I highly recommend The Little Zen Companion


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30 Mar 2020 17:58 #350752 by Jhannuzs Ian
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any book or text that compares Zen and Jediism?


Hi Luca, I hope you keep a Jedi-Zen mood. Did you get anything from your search?

It would be interesting if you shared something, some of your findings could serve us

And as a musician you are, have you created jedi music for meditation?

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