The Ego is Not a Mistake


Published on Dec 25, 2015

A discussion about the rejection of the ego.

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The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin (Author)

Is Yoda a Zen Master? What might Jedi training be like? Is the story of Luke Skywalker a spiritual epic?

The answers–as well as excitement, adventure, and a lot of fun–are here!

The Dharma of Star Wars uses George Lucas’ beloved modern saga and the universal discoveries of the Buddha to illuminate each other in playful and unexpectedly rewarding ways. Bortolin even reveals satisfying depths to the second trilogy of movies-the ones that met with what can understatedly be called a less-than-warm critical reception. The Dharma of Star Wars gives you an inpsiring and totally new take on this timeless saga, from A New Hope all the way up to 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Great fun for any Star Wars fan. Imagine The Power of Myth… with lightsabers!

Includes instruction in The Jedi Art of Mindfulness and Concentration and The Padawan Handbook: Zen Contemplations for the Would-Be Jedi.

Fun for all ages, The Dharma of Star Wars is also a perfect way for Buddhist parents to bridge the generation gap.

Bortolin, an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist community, may be the ideal person to write about the Buddhist themes in Star Wars: he camped out for tickets to all of the movies-even the less than stellar ones-and possesses his very own set of Jedi robes. In short, consistent chapters, Bortolin explores themes such as suffering, mindfulness, karma and transcending the dark side. One especially helpful chapter examines what nirvana is, comparing it to the all-pervasive Force of Star Wars, and clarifying that nirvana isn’t a sort of Buddhist heaven or a blissed-out mental condition. Rather, Bortolin asserts, it is “the very absence of ideas and conceptualization.” Bortolin looks to Jedi meditation as a parallel discipline to the Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation. In this state, Jedi knights “get in touch with reality as it truly is,” observing their minds with calm compassion and allowing greater understanding of the present moment. One of the book’s greatest strengths is Bortolin’s stubborn determination to find something redeeming about the two most recent Star Wars films, and he does actually recover enough of these nuggets to make some fans take a second look at those overhyped flicks. With humor, strong examples and timeless wisdom, Bortolin offers a new way to think about a pop culture phenomenon. Lead us to Yoda, he does. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Bortolin Matthew’s interview.

The Dharma of Star Wars by Matthew Bortolin. Interviewed on Good Morning America.

Eckhart Tolle – Acceptance Won’t Come Until You’re Ready – Rare Interview


Eckhart Tolle is a famous self help spiritual author. Eckhart Tolle has written the book The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle teaches meditation, and talks a lot about the pain body and the ego. Eckhart Tolle also preaches being in the moment, something that can help better your life in every aspect, such as relationships with other people, and as a cure for all mental issues such as depression and anxiety. Eckhart Tolle has been interviewed by celebrities such as Oprah, teaching the general public to be present to the moment and let go of the ego and the pain body.

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