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Movies as Eye Massage

March 28, 2011

When people go to a movie, they go because they want a change, something to see besides their usual scene of washing dishes, working in their office, or whatever. They need space. So if the movie presents space, no matter how irritating it may be, it will be worth it. The audience won’t come out tensed up; they’ll come out relaxed. They’ve gone through the whole process of wanting to see something, and then they actually do see something. They come out having gone through an eye massage.

From “Visual Dharma: Film Workshop,” in Selected Writings, page 653 in The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Seven.

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