Monday, March 15, 2010

The Buddha on PBS: Another Tiger Woods?

Barbara O'Brien brings to my attention the fact that (which I'd already heard, but not yet this morning) that PBS will have a program on about the Buddha. The phrase "narrated by Richard Gere" stands out...

Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Join into the conversation and learn more about meditation, the history of Buddhism, and how incorporate the Buddha’s teachings on compassion and mindfulness into daily life.

I think on the whole this is a good thing; don't get me wrong. But it's just a small subset of the flavors of Buddhism they're talking about, just as it seems they will only be talking about one Buddha, a very important one to be sure, but to me this just seems a bit like a Larry King version of Buddhism; not the real thing.

The real thing involves your dishes, your boss and co-workers, your commute, how much food you eat and what kind of food, and countless other engagements in the course of your life, with your presence.

And despite all of that  you can bet this will still be lambasted by the religious right.

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