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"Dharma of Star Wars" by Matthew Bortolin
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Anyone read the book "Dharma of Star wars" by Matthew Bortolin? I liked it, and would recommend it. It's very Buddhist.. (doh!) If anybody else has read it, what do you think? Is it a good book for learners? It's humorous, but still serious. It neglected the defence part of the Jedi path, to a certain degree. It steps only lightly on the complex issue of defense VS valuing all life + do no harm, and the author refrains from saying too much about it, but some of the other aspects he handles well. The author explains some complex ideas in an easy to understand manner. I felt it was a good book for Jedi learners, at least as an alternative way to view the force, as well as inspiration for thought and reflection. I really want to write an essay about it, lol, that's how much I liked this one.

In any case, I would love opinions from others who have read it, and this fit best in the Buddhist section of this forum, I thought.

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Yes I own a copy, its a good book in my opinion...

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This book is actually next on my list to read.

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I'm currently hunting out a new book to read, too - I'll see if my library has this one.

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Good bump! I completely forgot about it as was always planned in my to-read list. Everyone I know, praises it.

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Oh my, I had forgotten about this one too, because I lost my copy of the book a while back. It's fantastic though, really recommended!

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Bump! While I still recommend people to read this book themselves, I've felt a bit estranged from my roots lately. So I've decided to start putting out weekly chapter summaries from "The Dharma of Star Wars". As a way for myself to remember old lessons, but also for those who can't get a hold of the book, yet can't get a hold of a copy. I'll keep the interpretations to a minimum, and focus on giving as correctly as possible what he's saying and the ideas he's trying to convey. Feel free to discuss the content as I post it. I'll nevertheless combine it all into one at the end of the process, and fix the language so it becomes an easier read.

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The Dharma of Star Wars
by Matthew Bortolin

Chapter I

As a foundation, Bortolin is focused on the art of being present. This he says requires consentration and mindfulness; to be present and observing in all we do. Even mundane things, like drinking water from a cup or walking up a set of stairs. Being mindful and observing of the experience we're having in the now. There are no big or small experiences; it all is. He describes concentration as «the art of precisely and deeply focusing one's attention on an object or task at hand» and states that together, mindfulness and consentration help bring us into «direct contact with reality, where insight and understanding is born». He warns against the automatic acting, the inner mechanics and responses we've built up over years of living unmindful, that has resulted in habits that are often subconscious of nature.

Here he also brings up a concept as taught by Qui Gon in the fictions; to remain grounded in the presence, not linger in the past or obsess over the possible future. To clear ones mind, is to be in the now and to respond to the moment as required. To be thoughtful and observant, and hence not miss the important lessons that the current moment holds.

He mentions breathing techniques as a good method for grounding oneself in the present moment, and states that these serve for us to avoid blindly «following misplaced emotions or ideas, which often cause suffering». Emotions and ideas will often sweep our feet out from under us, and cause a chain of reactions and events that we cannot control. By being observant and mindful, we can be aware of the emotions as they are and as they rise, without acting on them or being reactive. Instead we can watch these emotions as they rise and fall; which Bortolin refers to as an example of «impermanance». With mindfulness as an anchor, we can avoid being swept away by the waves of emotion, and hence prevent the spreading of suffering we so often contribute to.

Bortolin here also write about «chasing ideas». How we often have a tendency to chase after the one thing or the other, as a way of life. Which tends to contribute to feelings of urgency and malcontent. He calls this the «what if» game. What if I was thinner? Richer? Happier? What if I had a better spouse or nicer hair? What if my life could be fully perfect, and the reason it isn't is because I do not apply myself enough? He states though that the «what if» game does not produce happiness; it only locks us into an endless pattern, a negative cycle which will never end in satisfaction or contentment.

He ends this chapter by summing up how mindfulness and concentration are not and shouldn't be considered to be methods to «become a different person» or to eliminate suffering. Rather methods for becoming more apt at self-discovery and understanding of how we create our own sufferings. Thus help us gain wisdom and the ability to make actions that lead to freedom, rather than to further self-entrapment.

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