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Buddhism, Mythology, and The Matrix

By James L. Ford


from Taking the Red Pill

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This is one essay from the anthology Taking the Red Pill

How many layers of meaning lie in “The Matrix”? As the Wachowski have said: “More than you will ever know.”

Taking the Red Pill is a non-fiction book that explores a variety of literary, philosophical, religious and scientific themes in the film “The Matrix.” Taking the Red Pill is targeted at intelligent, intellectually curious fans of the film.

About the Author

Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of several anthologies in the Smart Pop series, including The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Farscape Forever!, Five Seasons of Angel, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill and What Would Sipowitz Do? He lives in Dallas.

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About the Author

James L.  Ford

James L. Ford is a professor of East Asian religions in the department of religion at Wake Forest University, N.C. He earned an M.A. in 1996 and Ph.D. in 1998 in East Asian religions from Princeton University. Dr. Ford’s primary research centers on medieval Japanese Buddhism and he recently completed a manuscript titled Boundless Devotion: Jokei (1155-1213) and the Discourse of Kamakura Buddhism. At present, he is executive secretary for the Society for the Study of Japanese Religion and serves on the steering committee for the Japanese Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion.

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