Friday, March 16, 2012

Temper, Temper

Temper, temper inveterate
Defender of obscure mysteries.
Okay. Buddhism is not a subject
Suitable for TV coverage—
Least of all if commentators
Are professors of religion
And a shrink. It’s only PBS.
Cartoons appeal to every inner
Child. The music is sitar-like
Soothing. The hard won truth the Buddha
Reached seated beneath that Banyan tree
Amounts to saying that we’re all right
Just like we are if only we embrace
Our Gaia Mom and we are nice
To one another while we ignore
All of that kinda bad stuff that
Just happens to come down.

The Buddha, by David Grubin, shown on PBS December 2010. Available on DVD in a library near you.

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