[holiday special] How to teach your kids to help others and happiness? A requiem to Buddhism through a simple Nintendo video game.

The in-game context and story

The fierce deity’s mask is perhaps the most powerful weapon in the Zelda universe. But it is also the most enigmatic. Maybe the biggest lesson, the message of the Zelda series is hidden behind the meaning of its most powerful weapon.

The power of the Fierce Deity

So now that the context is clear, what is the Fierce Deity’s mask, what is the connection with Buddhism, and why is the process of healing the people of Termina result in Link becoming a dangerous, powerful warrior god?

The in-game representation of Samsara and Nirvana

Conclusion

Majora’s Mask is probably the largest ever played, in-game representation of Buddhism’s philosophy, with the most players understanding its meaning of Fudō Myō-ō, Samsara, Nirvana, and without actually realizing its origins. I find this incredible, and this is why after discovering all this, this 20-year-old Nintendo game is definitely my most favorite game of all time.

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Djoann Fal

Djoann Fal

Author of The Adaptive Economy | Forbes 30U30 | Tatler | Jedi | Co-Founder, GetLinks (Alibaba, SEEK) | Watch my talks here: http://y2u.be/Ep4a9Pba374