Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Wizard of Oz as a Buddhist Parable

I’ve always had a strong feeling that the classic story The Wizard of Oz is a Buddhist parable. Dorothy and the cowardly lion, the tin man and the scarecrow are off following the yellow brick road to meet the Wizard who will be the answer to their prayers. Their journey as we know is one of many adventures and in which they confront danger and evil to finally arrive at the moment of their enlightenment. Which is of course that the Wizard is no such thing a charlatan who has fooled everybody. On hearing this they each have their moment of personal enlightenment when they realise that they are responsible for their own happiness and destiny and it is through their own beliefs and actions that they will finally be whole and complete.

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