Hollywood and the Buddha

[Summary: The World Buddhist University forum March 2 is led by Richard Rubacher, talking on some Buddhist concepts in the movie world]

Richard Rubacher will be the featured speaker at WBU on March 2nd. His presentation is “Hollywood & the Buddha.”

Location: World Buddhist University Forum : (maps and directions here)

Sunday March 2nd 2008 

Time: 12 noon – 1:30.

no charge, no reservation necessary


Bhikkhus, I know not of any single thing that brings such woe as the mind that is untamed…

I know not of any single thing that brings such bliss as the mind that is tamed.

The presentation’s focus is about taming our mind. Hollywood takes a look at the tamed and untamed mind. We have cinematic splendor

There is a striking contrast between the Howard Hughes film The Aviator & Forrest Gump. Hughes became crippled for life. In the opening scene we see his mom bathing him and the negative comments made about the boy never being clean. In his adult years his mind was preoccupied with the past which haunted and eventually destroyed him. Forrest Gump’s mom gave her son a very different type of training. Howard Hughes and Forrest Gump were Mindful; one in a positive manner and the other in a negative way. Forrest Gump’s tantalizing mantra “Stupid is as stupid does,” was ingrained into his Unconscious by his mother, played by Sally Fields.
Another film analyzed is American Beauty. The irony in the film is that we, the audience, see the characters are surrounded by beauty. The characters are blind to the splendor that permeates their life. Two actors will re-deliver live the disastrous exchange between hubby & wife, while Richard guides as the narrator.
Of some 50 films with healing Buddhist messages, eleven are foreign: French, Italian, Indian, German, Chinese, the UK, Sweden, England, Australia. Two are Thai. Seven or eight films will be analyzed for their healing Buddhist messages.
The presentation is based on Richard’s book-in-progress ‘Hollywood & The Buddha’.

Richard Rubacher
Why do we watch movies? Movie medicine enables us to see our own flaws and personality quirks. Insights of characters can be applied to our life. Suffering and misery can be overcome. A fictional reality illuminates our daily reality. We resonate with a movie at the Unconscious level of mind.
Awakening our unconscious and taming the ego by watching films. Messages are delivered to our unconscious mind, showing (not telling) us that by watching a character-driven movie we can become a better person. By experiencing the problems and dilemmas of the characters in a story we learn about ourself. This learning takes place at the unconscious level of mind.
It promises to be a fun gathering.


Richard’s nonfiction book Thai Touch, published in 2006 in Berkeley and Bangkok, is in its second printing. His screenplay Tricking Charles Manson was among the top 5% of entries in the 2007 American Screenwriting Competition. His screenplay Psychic Eavesdropping on the Ramseys was a finalist in another competition. His screenplay Buddha Babe is currently being judged in a third Hollywood script competition. The logline (teaser) of Buddha Babe:

The happiest woman on the planet meets the unhappiest man. Let the fireworks begin.

 Blogs on this topic:

Character Development – Richard Rubacher

The Ariyan Tail – Cittasamvaro

Deserve’s got nothing to do with it – Cittasamvaro


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