Wow, this is a great Zen Live because it really snapped into place what Zen means to me, and how it activates my life. When you get a new credit card, you are to activate it by calling it in. Zen is activating your power of insight, of completeness, of the Huck Finn resolution when he reposes on the. river, Satisfied!
Rear Window….the message is the medium said Marshal MacLuhan…and the message of Rear Window is the medium, is the dynamic unity of the movie, not the content which is the story.There are two meanings: one is the carrier wave (which is the medium) and the other is the story (the vibrations on the more powerful carrier wave. When we only see the story, we miss the deeper meaning, which is transformative, of the carrier wave. We enjoy the movie, for sure, but we don’t see the Zen of it, the life meaning, the meaning of my life, and the arousing of Prajna, of the mind that does not rest on form or….the Story.
BAM! That’s it. Zen is all about awakening the wisdom mind, or Crazy Wisdom, or mind that is not attached to or invest in form, or the story. All movies have a story and when we watch we invest in the story. Sure, can’t help that. But at the same time the Story is being carried by a pattern, like flotsam is carried by an ocean wave. When we just focus on the flotsam, we miss the Wave of Life, and we miss our own wave…for life is One Wave, One Ocean..with many story waves. Great movies as metaphor are always about the Great Wave, and the movies purpose, the purpose of the artist, is to awaken Prajna, or Insight, of the awareness that the Medium is the Message. When that Prajna is awakened…BAM…that’s satori. AHA! I SEE. The flash bulb goes off..and as in the movie…off…and off…
So who is Alfred Hitchcock? He is a Zen Master…and his movies a his Zen Koans served just to you.
Amazing….instead of a sleepy Saturday morning what I slept late, having been up late, I’m pumped up and ready to go. Appropriately, my Buddha rosary/jade Buddha broke this morning, and it usually breaks when I have Insight, or at least I like to think that. But it did, so what can I say. The reason this movie hit me beside the head is because it was about ME, the detached observer. And why is the Observer detached? Why is the Observer separated from the Observed? Fear of death. If you touch Life, the Observed, you are going to die feels the Observer. But death is also Life! So if you touch Death, you touch Life! That is Kensho. That is Satori….the thunder clap of realization that life and death are One…the flash bulb goes off.
If you don’t touch life, you are dead. And when the photographer falls from the window, his worse fears realized, that he was going to fall and die, now that he touched the Observed….he is caught, he is saved. And he is complete….both legs now the same.