I’ve been a big fan of crime and detective shows for years, including the forensic science type and the behavioral science type. That would include the various CSI franchises, Criminal Minds, Law and Order in its various incarnations, NCIS (but not the LA version), old Sherlock Holmes movies-though Robert Downey Jr. did an interesting turn at that role in the more recent movie, and many others.
Am thinking about this because I’ve been asking myself lately why am I engaged in this Buddhist endeavor. Every now and then it’s not a bad question to ask. The answers do change over time. That may be one reason why some people get stuck in practice. Holding on to one prospective answer.
The practice of Buddhism seems to me to be similar to the kinds of things detectives and forensic scientists do. Observations, taking things apart, discovering clues, sifting through various leads, determining what is and isn’t fruitful all done in a patient, alert and careful manner informed by established and proven methodologies.
The main difference is that it isn’t really a team effort. Though encouragement and advice can be helpful. Only the individuals themselves have access to “the scene of the crime”.
Why do Buddhism? Curiosity about a great mystery.