The Ultimate Stoner Movie

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 31 2012 @ 11:30am

Coming soon to a theater you can try to meander toward:

Some background on Samsara's predecessors:

Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative film directed by Ron Fricke. The title Baraka means blessing in a multitude of languages, deriving originally from the Arabic. The film is often compared to Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio for which Fricke was cinematographer. Baraka was the first in over twenty years to be photographed in the 70mm Todd-AO format.

The concept of samsara, "literally meaning 'continuous flow', is the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth (reincarnation) within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bön, Jainism, Yoga and Sikhism." Update from a reader:

Based on the gorgeous images in that trailer for the movie Samsara, I'm guessing themes are the opposite of – or at least at right angles to – the meaning of the word samsara in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.  In those religions, samsara is the seductive world that abets humans' natural inclination to, in the Buddhist prescription, "mistake the causes of suffering as the cause of happiness."  Samsara is the thing to transcend, not embrace.

Westerners love using the religious language of the East, but because the worldviews are so different, they usually get it wrong.