he Lama and the Game Designer
Tibetan Buddhism offers its advanced practitioners an extended training invisualization, comparable in intensity to a western PhD program.
*In this article, I propose that a Tibetan Buddhist meditation is homologous with,and thus perhaps surprisingly close kin to, a first person shooter video game(FPS).
Trivially, it follows that an FPS game / mod could be built incorporatingTibetan graphics (architecture, demons, weaponry).
More interestingly, it suggests that such a game played in slomo, designedin cooperation with a team of lamas, including a mandalaform structure,embedded Tibetan ritual directions, a soundtrack of appropriate Tibetanchants etc., might serve as a Tibetan virtual training and ritual device,while the same game played fastforward might keep the kids happy forhours.
makes a structural connection between warfare and meditation
–an anthropological linkage of considerable theoretical interest – suggestingto us the concept of a
weaponry of compassion
, which stands in the samerelation to the weaponry of war as blessings stand in relation to curses.And more…*Motto:
Opposition is true friendship
– William Blake