Stephen Colbert’s Take on Buddhism

Interesting that Stephen Colbert has picked Buddhism for his topic, given the political climate in America and, of course, the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. Maybe it's actually very timely.

It starts out with a quick overview of the Four Noble Truths — suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path. Stephen reminds us that if you don’t like suffering, you can just be Catholic instead, as Jesus did all our suffering for us already…Stephen [also] thinks some might be relieved by Buddhism’s differences from other religions. For example: Buddhism’s stories lack, well, prostitutes — but that’s not quite right. (Check out the Parabhava Sutta.) Continuing through a yawn, he notes that Buddhism’s version of the end-times is downright boring compared to other religions’; Buddhists sit around waiting for centuries for the next Buddha to arrive, and when he does, he does the same thing as the last one.

via Shambhala Sun



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