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A Ghost Story

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
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December 2, 2017
A Ghost Story
Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Directed by David Lowery, 2017
92 minutes
Discussant: Paul Fulton, Ed. D.

After death sunders a struggling young Texas couple (Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara), a spectral figure arrives like a sentinel to quietly stand watch, transfixed, over the life he once lived and the home to which he clung. In this eerie, beguiling film, everything—people, places, cultures—in flux around the mostly unseen, motionless phantom, for whom the boundaries of past and future have dissolved away. A Ghost Story is a haunting meditation on the web of attachments spun from the slender threads of human connection and desire and spanning the limitless frontiers of time and even mortality.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. compare the film's central perspective with that of mindful contemplation
  2. relate the narrative structure to Buddhist psychological theories of time
  3. contrast Buddhist and Western psychological understandings of attachment.