alan wrote:Does it motivate him to read more? To question friends? In short, does it inspire people to take their first steps on the path?
I'd say no. In fact, I'm betting our guy or gal will just laugh along with Bill Maher, certain now that Buddhists are kind of nice but nutty, and not really worth their attention.
It could not realistically be any worse. It's pathetic, from the childish cartoons to the "poets" they use as commentators, to Mark Epstein, who is clearly in over his head. It's turgid. It wastes precious time on irrelevant side subjects. It goes heavy on the myth and light on the Suttas. It establishes no real point of view (we get a salad of Zen-Lite tidbits here and there), nor does it give the viewer a reason to care. Even the photography sucked.
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