Sunday, January 23, 2011
Watched two DVDs about the life of Buddha this weekend: a 1hr BBC documentary and a 3hr Thai cartoon. The Beeb one was a mixture of academic talking heads interspersed with a strange dramatisation of a thick-lipped Siddartha wandering around palace and country with a perpetually dazed expression. The Thai cartoon went on forever, but it told the story clearly, if not obviously concisely. Interesting, but I could never really follow a religion that denies passion and states that apart from suffering, nothing exists. Having said that, I like the idea of rebirth (as opposed to death full stop; who wouldn't?), the middle way and karma. And meditation, although I've never practised it.