Being a Bodhisattva Is Like Being Batman?

Via on Sep 23, 2010

Like many, many others, I was a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight. Among other things, I gave it a rave review for The Journal of Religion and Film, and it topped my list of the ten best films of 2008 here at

As an admirer of the film — an unsettling, affecting, surprising, and masterful piece of post-9/11 art that sends the audience away mulling over important questions about values, violence, and civic responsibility — I was intrigued and delighted by Markus “Uku” Laitinen’s most recent post at Zen – The Possible Way: “Being Bodhisattva Is Like Being Batman”. Check it out.

I’d say it’s probably an open question just how heroic (or enlightened) Batman is in Christopher Nolan’s vision of Gotham City, but that’s part of the point of The Dark Knight. So Batman as Bodhisattva? Bodhisattva as Batman? Why not?

What do you think?

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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 


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