Buddhist Beliefs In Groundhog Day

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While watching the movie Groundhog Day and also keeping in mind Buddhist beliefs, I did find many similarities. The movie consists of a man reliving the same day over and over again. When it is predicted that there will be six more weeks of winter, Phil is forced to live the same life on repeat. He wants to go elsewhere and find a new life, and a place of happiness. This is where Buddhism is present in the context of Nirvana. When Phil is unable to escape this Groundhog day cycle he starts finding things to occupy his time. He tries multiple crimes, sex, drinking, therapy, and other activities that fail in his attempt to spruce up his life. The terms moksha and samsara deal with the ideas of karma and dealing with the cycle of life and death.

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