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Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 105 OTHER DHARMABURGER SIGHTINGS Since last time, there’ve been more Dharma-Burger sightings than one could shake a kyosaku at: A $2,500 Buddha-shaped designer lamp • A German-made “Buddha Teddy Bear” • A “motivational” office post- er featuring a quote about tolerance from the Dalai Lama paired with a photo of a puppy and kit- ten • A print ad for BowelBiotics+, featuring a smiling Hotei (the “fat Buddha”) • Mind Flesh, by British director Robert Pratten, which is promoted as a “Buddhist horror movie” • Brooklyn’s “Satori” condos—advertised as an opportunity for “enlightened living” • A web ad featuring a medita- tor who claims that “The H&R Block Income Tax Course “enlightened me about taxes” • “Zendesk,” a software application that has a glowing Hotei as its logo but absolutely nothing to do with Zen • Dinosaur rock band Uriah Heep’s new album, Wake the Sleeper, which depicts a meditating Buddha statue on its cover • The “Buddhists for Obama” buttons and “Da- lai Bama” T-shirts being offered on Cafe- Press.com • A Buddha standing guard, gargoyle-like, over the doorway of an up- scale NYC hair salon • The spiky-haired American Gladiator who goes by the TV name of “Zen” • The “Buddha Celebri- duck,” a (presumably) bathtime toy ren- dered as a cross between Hotei and, well, a duck. Whatever floats for you, I guess. ♦ Lama pa ten•A smilin by Br prom “Sa “en to C Din GOT A TEENAGER? ONCE WERE ONE YOURSELF? SEE THE BUDDHA O F SUBURBIA Sure, The Matrix had dharmic themes and untouchable shoot-’em-up eye candy, but I’d argue that no mo- tion picture has ever had so much to say about the pitfalls of the Buddhist path as The Buddha of Suburbia, based on the novel of the same name by Hanif Kureishi. This fantastic little BBC miniseries, featuring a very young Naveen Andrews of Lost fame—he was just as excellent and watchable back then—is finally out on DVD, and it’s as good as I remembered it from back when I’d stumbled across it as a pre-practice twentysomething. Andrews plays Karim Amir, a half-Indian, half-English young man whose father, Haroon (Roshan Seth), seems to be a self-styled Buddhist guru; perhaps someone has given him teaching transmission, but from the looks of things, it’s just that he’s read a lot of books, sat a lot of meditation, and the dharma has settled into in his bones. But Ha- roon is in a loveless marriage, and the adula- tion that comes his way leads to the kind of sexual indiscretions for which the era (the seventies) and his type of teacher (devoted, but with a wander- ing, “liberated” eye) have become infa- mous. Karim, for his part, must navigate suburban London, and his adolescence, carefully, so that the mixed messages about sexuality and individualism that have been flooding his psyche don’t drag him down. Though his dad is the more outwardly spiritual one, it’s Karim who is the cinematic definition of “the worst horse,” meaning that he’s got the furthest to go, a lot of suffering to get through, and the most to gain if he sticks with it. At four one-hour episodes, you really couldn’t ask for a better way to spend two nights on the couch. That is, if you don’t happen to live in India, where the series has been banned because of its unflinching treatment of sex and religion. If you’re anywhere else, take advantage. y e st and DHARMA BURG ER O F THE ISSUE: A DIFFERENT KIND O F WHEEL Richard Gere is arguably the dharma’s most celebrated pitchman, but what happens when one tries to uplift Tibetan Buddhism while at the same time uplifting the newest model from a revered automaker? North Americans and Italians, for example, are hardly in an uproar over the midsummer TV spot that depicted Gere guiding a Fiat through the Himalayan hills to make a handprint in the snow with a young Buddhist monk. China, on the other hand, would prefer that he stick to mu- sicals and darkly quiet thrillers. In reaction to China’s protestations, Fiat issued an apology. But they didn’t pull the ad, which, despite its mashup of commerce and spirituality, is really quite beautiful—hopeful, even. The spot closes with the tagline, “The Power to Be Different.” Indeed. NOV 84-105.indd 105 NOV 84-105.indd 105 9/1/08 12:25:08 PM 9/1/08 12:25:08 PM