“He is a Brahmin, who is content with a simple life.”
In Goethe’s famous poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the apprentice of the title is a lazy boy. His master, the sorcerer, announces that he is going to visit a friend. He gives the apprentice instructions to fill a cauldron full of from...
The Buddha's parable of the poisoned arrow warns against being distracted when urgent action is necessary. The later Zen masters developed lightening fast ways of removing these arrows from their followers.
Does the focus on meditating monks and Zen masters in Buddhist film de-value the practices of lay-Buddhists? Is this portrayal the result of Western tastes for exotic religion and part of our colonial legacy?