buddhism at its worst
for those of you who think i have too much of a soft spot for buddhism, i present more sri lankan bullshit. akon was denied a visa to sri lanka and protestors got violent over alleged "blasphemy" towards the buddha in his "sexy chick" video:
this bullshit is more worthy of the abrahamic religions, or even hinduism. i mean, if i've gotten any picture of the personality of the buddha from reading his words over the years, i have to think he would be absolutely appalled by this whole situation, or else laugh at it.
i wonder how many sri lankans have encountered zen, with its story praising the monk who broke up a wooden statue of the buddha for firewood, or its famous proverb, "if you meet the buddha on the road, kill him!"
even the finest teachings can degenerate into superstitious numbskullery so quickly...
"I have never felt comfortable around people who talk about their feelings for Jesus, or any other deity for that matter, because they are usually none too bright. . . . Or maybe 'stupid' is a better way of saying it; but I have never seen much point in getting heavy with either stupid people or Jesus freaks, just as long as they don't bother me. In a world as weird and cruel as this one we have made for ourselves, I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone. They will not inherit the earth, but then neither will I. . . . And I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there's a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots."
--Hunter S. Thompson