Looking for Buddhist Wisdom in ‘The Princess Bride’

The sunlit meditation hall at the Shambhala Center in downtown Manhattan is usually reserved for serious Buddhist practice — austere contemplation, the silent cultivation of wisdom, deliberate reflection on the world’s fundamental impermanence. But one afternoon last week a large flat screen television was arranged in front of the meditation cushions, and the sacred space doubled as a screening room for a surprisingly durable example of 1980s kitsch: “The Princess Bride.”



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