Abbe Pierre, regularly at the top of France’s most popular persons list, accused of anti-semitism and supporter of gay-adoption, (those French are a complex lot) is mentioned for his ideas about “a nice science fiction society…divided into Suffering Pious Workers and Areligious Contented Employers —for sake of “Production”. J.K. believes suffering workers haven’t produced squat and goes on to say we don’t need cars, radios, weapons, cigarette lighters, plastic cups, war and “above all no need for need, which “Production” merely multiples”. (anti-consumer culture, anti-materialism) We need only, “breath, food, rest and holy meditation.” (sometimes I wish it was that easy, but I guess I’ll never find out unless I ditch everything and follow the path)
Not all of J.K.’s peers were enthralled as he was with Buddhism. He once asked Lucien(Carr?) a basic question on the subject to which Lucien replied, “I couldn’t care less”.
The more you learn the less you know – with reference to biblical and other writings. The life story of Buddha(or any spiritual, cultural or messiah figure) is irrelevant. Only the message matters. How many times have both been distorted? Usually for selfish gain. Do you think northern Europe would have worshiped a non-blue eyed, dark skinned image of Christ?