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Lions Roar : March 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2008 105 POP- AND SUBCULTURE SIGHTINGS BY ROD MEADE SPERRY FROM THE WORST HORSE’S MOUTH ENLIGHTENMENT: IS IT “BETTER WHEN YOU WIN IT”? If you like the idea of turning four dharma- wheels at once—and you have plenty of money to burn—eBay was the place for you this past November. The auction-style web- site hosted the bidding for the Dalai Lama’s 1966 Land Rover, which was pitched in a YouTube video by a giddy Sharon Stone. The actress described the SUV, twice, as “a really cool car,” add- ing, “If you’ve ever been in the company of His Holiness, just the vibes that you take away are pretty amazing. So I can only imagine what it’s like to ride in [his Rover].” The start- ing bid: $75,000, and the buyer also gets to attend a teaching with the Dalai Lama and a meeting with Ms. Stone. The winning bid was $82,100, with proceeds to benefit the Dalai Lama Foundation. Also up for auction this fall: Daishizan-Seidaiji, in Japan’s Fukui prefecture. Fully loaded with a pagoda, a 56-foot bronze Buddha, a garden, and several buildings, this Zen temple could be yours. For just $30.6 million. CHEERS AND JEERS FOR ECONOMIST.COM The Economist was responsible for some of the most im- mediate and comprehensive coverage of the uprising in Burma. While others slept, the esteemed magazine went to press with a “Saffron Revolution” cover. Inspiring—and inspired—The Economist’s cover (and coverage) drove me to the magazine’s website, which I recommended again and again to those who wanted to keep up to date. But my enthusiasm was almost totally depleted when I was greeted online by a “Saffron Revolution” marketing come- on. Happily, I never saw it again. I can only hope it was the work of some bored hacker. RADAR RANKS AND RANKS ON THE DHARMA RADAR magazine’s website recently launched a Fame-o-Meter, which rates various people, places, and things in terms of the online searches done about them. In one thirty- day period, Buddhism had driven some 377 million searches, putting it somewhere between Scientology and Judaism in the religion category. (Mormonism then took its place, pre- sumably because of Mitt Romney’s run for the White House.) But while the Fame-o -Meter may be clever, any points RADAR might have gained from it are, to me, moot, thanks to its Hype Report, a “scientific survey of the world’s most overrated people, places, and things.” Inducted into its Overrated 100 was none other than His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who was found at #25, somewhere between “China, as Economic Threat” and “Pinkberry frozen yogurt” (I won’t even go into what the entry actually said). Es- sentially the journalistic equivalent of stunt cast- ing, this move made me wonder if RADAR would ever dare to apply its “sci- entific” methods to itself. And I’m a subscriber! ROD MEADE SPERRY is editor of the pop- and subculture website TheWorstHorse.net. end a teaching with eting with Ms. Stone. everal buildings, ion. MAR 78-107.indd 105 MAR 78-107.indd 105 12/19/07 2:43:55 PM 12/19/07 2:43:55 PM