How to Cook Your Life Reviews
But like I said, I don't agree with everyone. The scavenger, for example, who boasts about saving upwards of $800 a month because she dumpster dives and pulls fruit off of private trees was not something I would advertise, and I don't feel it belonged in this movie.
the best parts of this movie are some archive footage of shunryo suzuki, and a couple of shots of a healthy produce in a garden...
when edward starts crying because something is dirty, when he strangles a piece of cheese, and his stupid "born again buddhist" t-shirt, worn without any sense of irony....
do yourself a favor... and skip it
However, I don't want to be too harsh. It goes down easy. So for anyone unfamiliar with Zen, or as in my case one who has lost track of it over time while incessantly thinking, thinking, thinking myself into an unpleasant box of frustration, worry, and expectation, it's refreshing. I was not bored by this film. Some or much of it I simply wasn't terribly interested in, but it holds its share of daily wisdom. And there's something to be said for a Buddhist introduction to, or perception of, food.
Perhaps the most interesting segment for me occurs with Mr. Brown speaking about Western and Zen approaches to soil, as in gardening. The Western person approaches the soil with a list of objectives and an arsenal of means that are set to be employed in attaining said goals. The approach is simple, and probably seems pretty normal for us. The soil is going to do X for me, and I'm going to force it to do X. And it damned well better produce X after all this work that I AM doing, because if the soil fails then that's it. That is, the Western approach begins with the desired results, thereby setting itself up for shortcomings and failure, and the inherent suffering to follow. The Zen approach, on the other hand, begins with a respect for the soil, and the means to be carefully applied to the soil in order to help it be fruitful and productive. This probably could be better explained than as is by Mr. Brown, but the effect is clear: don't be so demanding! Don't become attached to expectations, because the world is going to work things out despite your efforts. This doesn't mean don't have expectations or goals, it just means develop a more compassionate approach, and a more open-minded reception.