May 27, 2010
In the shattering aftermath of the end of Lost, the overwhelming tendency will be to dumb down its meaning to the level of mere western entertainment. Lost deserves to be understood as an epic -- an infinite interlocking series of trilogies and operas articulating the transformations of consciousness through the processes of death.
Death is central to all world religions. Lao Tzu, the Buddha, and Chogyam Trungpa, the iconoclastic founder of the Naropa Institute, and countless other eastern philosophers have investigated and understood the cognitive phenomenology of death. Millennia ago, ancient philosophers discovered that the transformations of perception and consciousness at the time of death go far beyond the later dumbed-down and doctrinaire Judeo-Christian models of paradise.
Read the whole piece here.
I don't want to spoil anything for anybody that hasn't watched the show and may want to, but I will say that I think the quick appearance of one-thousand armed Avalokiteshvara in the final scene was a particularly nice touch.
Here is Tricycle's article "Let's Get Lost: Television to Meditate to" by Dean Sluyter. It appeared in the Spring '06 issue, when the show was only in it's second season.
John Locke, played by Terry O'Quinn