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Dharma Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
What the Caribbean Pirates Taught Me
Plot Outline: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and
Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) brave the Caribbean Sea
to stop a ship of pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush),
who intend to break an ancient curse... with the blood of Elizabeth
Swann (Keira Knightley).
8 Lessons from
Captain Barbossa: Compelled by greed
we were and now we are consumed by it!
1. Desire is undesirable
because it leads to so much of the undesirable, such as desiring more and more.
Fulfilling desire does not quench itself- it is like drinking sea water to
quench thirst. What seems to work for a while only worsens your
thirst.Captain Barbossa: [as he "bluffs"
Elizabeth]...the (Pirate) Code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than
rule or precept is hard and fast. Rules are always needed for the unenlightened
as a guide, but these rules need to bend too, when they need to. We should rule
rules more than let them rule us- morally of course, for the greater good, with
Compassion and Wisdom. Attachment to precepts and practices is one of the ten
fetters that bind us from Enlightenment. For imperfect man-made rules for
imperfect man to work, there must be exceptions to every rule. Even
emongst "enemies",parley can be called- a discussion over terms of truce-
for a mutually beneficial and interdependent exchange. Even pirates need a
Pirate Code to work, much more do we need moral guidelines or
precepts. There must be some honour amongst thieves for them to work
together. Without any guidelines, no one can get anything done, not even
pirates. [See Intro to the Buddhist 5 Precepts @ http://asp.thedailyenlightenment.com/specials/lamp/precepts.asp
Sparrow: The only rules that really
matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do. For instance, you
can accept that your father was a pirate and a good man or you can't.
3. If you should and
you can, you should and you can.
Will Turner: You cheated!
Jack Sparrow: [shrugs] Pirate! [Jack's is a pirate
are always operating according to what we perceive to be our original nature.
But how true is it, when our Buddha-nature is the "real thing" beyond all
defilements of greed, hatred and delusion?
Jack Sparrow: Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can
always trust to be dishonest... Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch
out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something
Nothing is certain (especially fickle human nature?); everything is
uncertain- only this is certain. Because of this truth and our clinging to the
uncertain and dissatisfactory, we suffer.
Will Turner: I am not obsessed with treasure!
Sparrow: Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.
6. The true treasure is always immaterial, unseen
by the human eye- our innate Buddha-nature to be discovered- the innermost and
most precious treasure.
(pirate): Is it supposed to be doing that?
[pointing to the
Black Pearl which is sailing away, with the good guys]
(pirate): They're stealing our ship!
Ragetti (pirate): Bloody Pirates!
[Pot calling kettle black!]
7. Even pirates can't stand it when they are
"pirated." Even the evil know what is evil- because it arises
from greed, hatred and delusion, which leads to suffering. If even the evil
finds evil evil, then the reverse must be true- they know the opposite
(generosity, loving-kindness and wisdom) as good, as it leads to the end of
suffering- even if they can't see this clearly yet.
Jack Sparrow: One question about your business, boy,
or there's no use going: This girl...how far are you willing to go to save her?
Will Turner: I'd die for her.
Jack Sparrow: Oh good. No worries then.
8. When you are willing
to stake your life for your ultimate goal, the journey becomes a fearless one.
Only when you are willing to risk and renounce everything can you be free from
everything- and attain Enlightenment.
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