Buddha On The TV

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Postby BlackBird » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:51 am

I was a bit put off by having all those new-age poets representing the Triple Gem. The BBC did a better job, which shouldn't come as a shock.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Postby Wind » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:15 am

I notice that when a documentary or a discussion is made on Buddhism by non-Buddhists it seems to be almost always referring to Tibetan Buddhism in the way that the Dali Lama is always referenced. It would be nice change to hear words from famous Ajahns and Bhikkhus and get a Theravada take on Buddhism.
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Re: Buddha On The TV

Postby bodom » Sat Mar 27, 2010 1:31 pm

Wind wrote:I notice that when a documentary or a discussion is made on Buddhism by non-Buddhists it seems to be almost always referring to Tibetan Buddhism in the way that the Dali Lama is always referenced. It would be nice change to hear words from famous Ajahns and Bhikkhus and get a Theravada take on Buddhism.


The Dali Lama has become the "pope" of modern Buddhism.

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Re: Buddha On The TV

Postby mindfulSpirit » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:56 am

bodom wrote:
Wind wrote:I notice that when a documentary or a discussion is made on Buddhism by non-Buddhists it seems to be almost always referring to Tibetan Buddhism in the way that the Dali Lama is always referenced. It would be nice change to hear words from famous Ajahns and Bhikkhus and get a Theravada take on Buddhism.


The Dali Lama has become the "pope" of modern Buddhism.

:anjali:


Perhaps, but I think he himself doesn't like to be thought of as some ultimate guy who knows everything about Buddhism. I think he said he thinks of himself as just a 'simple monk'.
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Re: Buddha On The TV

Postby Guy » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:12 am

It could be that TV executives aren't interested in monks they've never heard of because they assume the Dalai Lama will attract more viewers, and they are probably correct in thinking that way.
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Re: Buddha On The TV

Postby Thaibebop » Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:47 pm

Guy wrote:It could be that TV executives aren't interested in monks they've never heard of because they assume the Dalai Lama will attract more viewers, and they are probably correct in thinking that way.

You're most likely right, but now because so many have done just that everyone thinks that Tibetan Buddhism is 'Buddhism'. I would like to see other sects of Buddhism talked about. When people find out that I am Buddhist I always have to explain certain things to answer their questions that should be covered in specials like this, that aren't. Like the difference between Mahayana and Theravada, that hardly ever gets discussed and that is a major aspect of Buddhism.
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Re: Buddha On The TV

Postby Sobeh » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:06 pm

Thaibebop wrote:questions that should be covered in specials like this, that aren't.


The PBS special hasn't even aired yet, and only the first half is posted on YouTube.
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