Was just going to leave it at that but perhaps blahblahblah is not sufficient.
Gave myself a couple of weeks holiday from doing much Internet stuff. Nice.
Read a few things that I could have gotten on a soapbox about but decided the climb up there wasn’t worth it at the time. I may revisit some of it later (oops I did later in this post) if the mood hits or not.
Took an extended stay in Canada this summer and traveled back to India during this hiatus. Nice stay at the Hong Kong airport as a friend happened to be on the way to Bangladesh and we both had a couple of hours to kill, so a good conversation and coffee was had.
Arrived home to find Manoj (who I live with here) has had the whole place painted and a lot of electrical and other problems sorted out nicely. Am always happy to see his smiling face at the airport at 2AM. He’s not all that keen to come to Canada. “Maybe one time.” he says. But he may just be placating me.
Things chug along.
Noticed this blog got listed on the Tricycle website somehow! Gasp. Will I still be able to tear into the Buddhist glossies with the same saber wit as always? (a little dull recently though) Sure why not.
Some want to get into Buddhist branding (OneCity blog) and others want to rewrite the precepts to encompass the brewing of beer-ask the Tibetans about that-they’ve been making Chhaang for years (and having had a taste of it in times gone by it ain’t that bad) or take in the Shambhala training on that and related topics. Something for everyone!
And the usual crews want to step up the SECULAR CRUSADE against religious Buddhism or whatever it is.
In fact, if I do nothing else for the next few months with my space here at Beliefnet other than help clarify that Buddhism is not a religion, I’ll feel that my time was well spent. Jerry Kolber in comments on the OneCity blog.
Will there be enough interest and entrepreneurial spirit by the great leaders and dharma teachers in the West to forge something new, something that speaks to our culture in a way no other tradition can do? Kyle on Reformed Buddhist blog
Sounds a little “Crusady” to me. So what will be accomplished by all of this thought and effort to “enlighten” us ignorant, superstitious, religious types? Weeellll I suppose there’s a name in lights somewhere-such things like “The man who brought a religion to it’s knees!!!” or “The man who brought a Diet of Worms to Buddhism!” (did ya get the reference to Martin Luther there?!) YESSS!!! You too will get your own Wikipedia page for the effort in another hundred years or so. It won’t help much in dealing with the Great Matter but who cares about that shit anyways?
There might be a co-authorship with that Hitchens guy or some other famous anti-religious crusading Atheist dude. Could fill the bank account quite nicely. Maybe even a guest spot on some talk show.
And who needs ethical guidelines (or other “religious” crap like that) to get in the way of a good time anyways! Best to just make it up as we go along. If there’s collateral damage well that’s their karma! My New Age friends told me so.
And of course a few people will be ever grateful for their release from the suffering of repetitive strain injuries caused by having to iron all those stupid robes day and night!
It’s highly unlikely that the BIG NAME dharma teachers are going to throw off their robes and go frolic naked in Times Square in celebration due to this BIG NEWS that Buddhism isn’t a religion. (though wouldn’t that be quite a sight!)
So you know if these folks want to make some kind of secular sect due to their queasiness with anything smacking of belief/religion/tradition who cares? Call it contemplative science or logical enlightenment or or drunken boxing or any sort of brand that comes to mind. I am sure a couple of hundred million religious Buddhists around the world couldn’t give a shit about it and right now neither do I much.
It’s all the fucking politics of semantics anyways.