Buddha Buzz Summer 2005

Strange but true tales from the modern Buddhist world

Jeff Wilson

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Fore Noble Truths
Many people these days seem to think that 18 holes of golf is about the closest one can come to nirvana. Now a New York company has taken that logic one step further, producing Buddha Balls: golf balls with vaguely Zennish sayings and drawings of fat little monks on them. Sample remark: “The self says: I am. The ball says: You are nothing.” No word yet on whether they’ll be marketing a combination nine-iron and Zen hitting stick.

Eyes Wide Shut
Phra Khru Prapatworakhun put the lie to the old notion that meditation leads to directly seeing what’s in front of you. The eighty-one-year-old Buddhist monk was operated on after mistaking a tube of glue for his eye-drops, sealing his eyes closed in the process. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

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