Do The Gods Wear Capes?: Spirituality, Fantasy, and by Ben Saunders

By Ben Saunders

Brash, daring, and occasionally brutal, superheroes may appear to epitomize sleek pop-culture at its such a lot melodramatic and senseless. yet based on Ben Saunders, the attraction of the superhero is essentially metaphysical - even religious - in nature. In chapter-length analyses of the early comedian ebook adventures of Superman, ask yourself girl, Spider-Man, and Iron-Man, Saunders explores a few advanced philosophical and theological matters, together with: the matter of evil; the will-to-power; the stress among intimacy and vulnerability; and the problem of affection, within the face of mortality.

He concludes that comedian booklet fantasies of the superhuman mockingly exhibit greater than we would care to confess approximately our human boundaries, whilst they divulge the falsehood of the normally smooth competition among faith and technological know-how.

Clearly and passionately written, this insightful and from time to time exhilarating ebook may still pride all readers who think within the redemptive ability of the mind's eye, whether they think about themselves comedian booklet fanatics

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Attending to our present-moment mind and body is a way of being tender toward self, toward other, and toward the world. This quality of attention is inherent in our ability to love. Coming back to the present moment takes some effort, but the effort is very light. ” We touch thoughts by acknowledging them as thinking and then we let them go. It’s a way of relaxing our struggle, like touching a bubble with a feather. It’s a nonaggressive approach to being here. Sometimes we find that we like our thoughts so much that we don’t want to let them go.

Denigrating ourselves is probably the major way that we cover over bodhichitta. Does not trying to change mean we have to remain angry and addicted until the day we die? This is a reasonable question. Trying to change ourselves doesn’t work in the long run because we’re resisting our own energy. Self-improvement can have temporary results, but lasting transformation occurs only when we honor ourselves as the source of wisdom and compassion. We are, as the eighth-century Buddhist master Shantideva pointed out, very much like a blind person who finds a jewel buried in a heap of garbage.

There is nothing wrong, nothing harmful about that underlying energy. Our practice is to stay with it, to experience it, to leave it as it is. There are certain advanced techniques in which you intentionally churn up emotions by thinking of people or situations that make you angry or lustful or afraid. ” What we do with meditation practice is simpler than that, but I consider it equally daring. When emotional distress arises uninvited, we let the story line go and abide with the energy. This is a felt experience, not a verbal commentary on what is happening.

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