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difficult to approach for non-religious viewers


I am not religious at all and felt terribly bored watching this. No insult intended, but crawling thousands of kilometres in search of 'spiritual enlightenment'? Ridiculous.
Can't even rate this movie.

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It's not so ridiculous when you think of it as a method of cultivating patientness. Besides, if you admit that you're not very religious, then why assume you know enough about such things to think it's ridiculous?

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This hasn't got anything to do with "knowledge", it was simply my impression. But I give you that, it probably appeared ridiculous to me because I am not used to see such behaviour, in contrary f.e. to people who eat communion bread as a symbol of "transubstantiation" etc. No big difference in fact - if you regard it from an atheist's point of view ;-)

PS I never said that I do not know anything about religions, I wrote that I do not believe in any which is a major difference. The idea of all religious rituals, liturgies and repetitions is IMHO & without intending to be offensive clearly to put its followers in a state of uncritical perception toward everything the religion (and/or its representatives) asserts or demands. Though I am not religious, I find that not only ridiculous, but also frightening; on the other hand, I do not deny that such state of mind might indeed be the intention of many who participate in such rituals and/or might even satisfy many amongst them.
It's a big, diverse world, isn't it?

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Oh "wow" at the obnoxious title. Just speak for yourself, mate, not for the rest of us.

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"obnoxious"? Just speak for yourself, mate, not for the rest of us.

A man builds. A parasite asks "Where is my share?" - Andrew Ryan

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I am not at all religious either and I loved this movie. Why and the fact that someone would crawl thousands of km for more than 3 years is extremely interesting.

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I don't belong to a religion either but I still found this fascinating on a cultural level, and certainly found it far more evocative than anything I've seen in a Judaeo-Christian-Muslim context.

Whether or not you agree with their beliefs, the dedication they show for it (and in a peaceful manner, no less) is definitely interesting to see. Frankly Buddhism is the one "religion" that I find philosophically and aesthetically fascinating, even though I don't consider myself a follower.


Before I travelled my road I was my road.

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The problem I saw with this documentary is that unlike Herzog's other documentaries this one strays from the personal or insightful in favor of mainly showing the external actions and locations. All you can discern from this movie is the poverty and people engaging in rituals performed in another language. The people doing these rituals don't even look happy, but that doesn't mean anything. I just don't think it captures the culture or the spirit of Buddhism as well as it could.

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