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Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 17 a global community to help these young ones become functioning human beings and to help bring their country into our global community. Katherine Whitley San Diego, California LIGHTEN UP ON DEEPAK Since its incorporation into Shambhala Sun, I have enjoyed “From the Worst Horse’s Mouth.” Pop culture always gives us a pulse on the heartbeat of our country and the world, and Rod Meade Sperry is certainly on top of the latest trends, good and bad, in the Buddhist spiritual quest. I do believe, however, that he is coming down too hard on Deepak Chopra for his entrepreneurial ventures (September, 2008). So what if Chopra is the advising con- sultant for Mike Myers’ “dharma teacher farce”? So what if he has a fictionalized account of the Buddha’s life? Thich Nhat Hanh does as well. Who can say that his is any more historically accurate than any other story of the Buddha’s life that is on the market today? I believe that the idea of a Buddha comic book is brilliant. It can begin to bring the dharma to an audience that may otherwise pass it by, and it’s good Buddhist evangelism! Yes, Buddhist satire, fiction, and comic books may not fit into the idealized image of what it is to be Buddhist, but it is hitting an audience that looks at that idealized im- age and chuckles about the seriousness of it all. I happen to use Chopra’s “The Journey to the Wild Divine” biofeedback game with many of my patients to help them learn how to manage their physical and emo- tional pain. It works, and it works with a population of individuals who would nev- er have thought about how dharma and the practice of meditation could bring a greater quality of peace and well-being into their otherwise pain-filled lives. Deepak Chopra is taking the lead in bringing dharma to an audience that may need it the most—our country’s youth. He’s hitting them up in a way they understand. Buddhism can be very dry, and if satire, fiction, and comic books whet appetites, what is the harm? So I say, lighten up on Chopra. Let’s watch closely and see what happens. Lawrence Berry Westfield, Vermont ♦ NOV 1-17.indd 17 NOV 1-17.indd 17 9/1/08 12:17:14 PM 9/1/08 12:17:14 PM