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In the Return of the Jedi one thing some might have noticed is that it is very difficult to figure out if Luke Skywalker has become a Jedi or not He believes and appears to intuit that he is but Yoda near the beginning of the film tells him he is not quite done with the training yet In Zen philosophy unlike traditional or Indian Buddhism the concept of enlightenment is rejected it is held that only those who have no understanding of true reality have a belief in attainment of enlightenment More interestingly I find that with a little discussion it could be seen that the Force would be very much like the model of ultimate reality in Buddhism where even the Dark and Light side of the Force would have clear interpretations But we cannot merely disregard one of the aspects of the Force if we are to understand the Star Wars saga on its terms rather than on terms convenient for the interpreter Clearly the Force of the Star Wars films is not like the concepts typically found in Eastern or Western religion or philosophy We then have the opportunity to learn about just what the Force is We can also attempt to find if it is a more coherent description of ultimate reality than the concepts typically found in Eastern or Western religion or philosophy Near the end of Star Wars A New Hope when Luke destroys the death star we see that just before he does Vader is inadvertently thrown out into space and then moments later the entire Death Star is destroyed This implies that Luke has reached a very high Jedi-state But note that with Vader still existing out in the void Lukes ultimate fear is still in place but at a minimum level Luke enjoys the highest feats of Jedi activity but still there is his old adversary waiting for him regardless This reminds me of the
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