Buddha On The TV

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by meindzai » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:04 pm

At least it wasn't Keeanu Reeves.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by Sobeh » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:34 pm

I think I understand what happened. I chose to view the film as having a primary audience in the United States, and to this extent the story is a good one when it comes to introducing the person of the Buddha to a Xian audience. The Digha Nikaya was likely used for a similar purpose, and this is simple a modern iteration of that intention.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by jcsuperstar » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:13 am

i just keep thinking, who the heck are these poets? it wasn't even like Anne Waldman or Gary Snyder or other major American Buddhist poets...
but these things are always sorta iffy, who writes them? and why don't actual Buddhist scholars or monks make them?
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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by bodom » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:20 am

Very disappointing.

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by Thaibebop » Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:13 am

I think it's just Hollywood Buddhism, maybe it will get someone to look deeper.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by BlackBird » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:51 am

I was a bit put off by having all those new-age poets representing the Triple Gem. The BBC did a better job, which shouldn't come as a shock.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by Wind » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:15 am

I notice that when a documentary or a discussion is made on Buddhism by non-Buddhists it seems to be almost always referring to Tibetan Buddhism in the way that the Dali Lama is always referenced. It would be nice change to hear words from famous Ajahns and Bhikkhus and get a Theravada take on Buddhism.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by bodom » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:31 pm

Wind wrote:I notice that when a documentary or a discussion is made on Buddhism by non-Buddhists it seems to be almost always referring to Tibetan Buddhism in the way that the Dali Lama is always referenced. It would be nice change to hear words from famous Ajahns and Bhikkhus and get a Theravada take on Buddhism.
The Dali Lama has become the "pope" of modern Buddhism.

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by mindfulSpirit » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:56 am

bodom wrote:
Wind wrote:I notice that when a documentary or a discussion is made on Buddhism by non-Buddhists it seems to be almost always referring to Tibetan Buddhism in the way that the Dali Lama is always referenced. It would be nice change to hear words from famous Ajahns and Bhikkhus and get a Theravada take on Buddhism.
The Dali Lama has become the "pope" of modern Buddhism.

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Perhaps, but I think he himself doesn't like to be thought of as some ultimate guy who knows everything about Buddhism. I think he said he thinks of himself as just a 'simple monk'.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by Guy » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:12 am

It could be that TV executives aren't interested in monks they've never heard of because they assume the Dalai Lama will attract more viewers, and they are probably correct in thinking that way.
Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by Thaibebop » Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:47 pm

Guy wrote:It could be that TV executives aren't interested in monks they've never heard of because they assume the Dalai Lama will attract more viewers, and they are probably correct in thinking that way.
You're most likely right, but now because so many have done just that everyone thinks that Tibetan Buddhism is 'Buddhism'. I would like to see other sects of Buddhism talked about. When people find out that I am Buddhist I always have to explain certain things to answer their questions that should be covered in specials like this, that aren't. Like the difference between Mahayana and Theravada, that hardly ever gets discussed and that is a major aspect of Buddhism.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Post by Sobeh » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:06 pm

Thaibebop wrote:questions that should be covered in specials like this, that aren't.
The PBS special hasn't even aired yet, and only the first half is posted on YouTube.

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