Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Jedi not an option?

So, the results of my highly-scientific poll are in!

Don't know (33%)
A full third of the sample simply don't know why they started to practise Zen. Is this something to do with mokusho (non-thought)? Or are people really unaware of their own motivations?

Jedi not an option (26%)
Now this is a response I can relate to. My teacher may be be disappointed to discover that if Obi Wan Kinobi to appear to me in the desert offering me a lightsabre and paranormal powers, I would be very tempted to follow him. But it hasn't happened so I'll have to settle for the next best thing. Any Jedi masters looking for a new disciple can contact me at the email address above.

Mu (19%)
This response means 'I don't know, but I am a smartarse'.

Receeding hairline (11%)
Another valid response in my opinion. Would you rather be a disciple of The Way, a monk of the special transmission beyond words and letters, or would you prefer just to be a bald git? A no-brainer for me that one.

Like the outfits (7%)
Seems a bit superficial. I suspect that many people like the outfits because it allows them to imagine they are Jedi. If you want to be a Jedi, you should have the courage to admit it. The key question: have you ever swung around a toy lightsabre/cardboard tube/kyosaku while wearing kimono, kesa etc ?

'Nam (2%)
We had one respondant who gave this answer. I now have an image in my mind of a veteran tormented by PTSD going AWOL and trekking through jungles of Vietnam in search of a way to find peace; perhaps finding a Zen master there. How intriguing. Actually I once met someone who did almost exactly that except it was a master of kung-fu he followed. Please contact me if you'd be interesting in making a movie.

To annoy parents (0%)
So no one is prepared to admit that they practice Zen to annoy their strict Catholic/Evangelical parents? Come on - do you expect us to believe that?


  1. I see myself as a Jedi because I believe in the Force. I may have yet to discover the Jedi Mind Trick; And, the idea of Chi/Force has been around for longer than Christianity. A Christian religion labels itself as such because they believe in Jesus. Similarly, I think that the name Jedi can be used in the same way.

  2. Damn thats the best gif Ive ever seen!

    Its amazing the influence StarWars has had on people. Empire was one of my favorite flicks as a kid and I could never understand why? Then I found out the Director; Irvin Kershner, was a student of Zen and he sprinkled alot of his thoughts into the film. I never was deluded enough to think I could be some kind of Zen-Jedi but that dose not stop one of the guys in my town.