Don Imus ~ A Bodhisattva For Our Times?

Via John Pappas
on Jan 5, 2010
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As a response to Brit Hume’s uninformed comments on Buddhism…

HUME: He’s said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, “Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

Oh, Mr. Imus….I have had my issues with you in the past.  I went to Rutgers University and when you commented that our women’s basketball team was a bunch of “Nappy-Headed-Hos” I took some offense for those nice, intelligent ladies that work so hard.  I thought your apology was alittle forced but you took your medicine and I think you learned from your experience.

And now, you back up some Buddhist thought by actually doing some homework and coming out with some good old “Fact-Checking”!  Beautiful!

If the video doesn’t play you can check the video here.

In the words of Imus….

Perhaps fortunately if you are a Buddhist there is a path of recovery and redemption…Nirvana under Buddhism is achieving the state of being freed from greed, hate and delusion its done by observing the rules of the benevolent insights and benevolent 8 fold track….

Well, thank you Imus for tossing some actual Buddhist thought out there.  I’m not too sure on the Noble Eight-fold “track” but I suppose it is just as good as a path!

I really liked the guy laughing in the background who went…

“Oh, Jesus Christ!”




About John Pappas

John Pappas is a struggling Zen practitioner with a slight Vajrayana palate (but he won't admit it) stumbling between the relative and absolute through the Buddhist Purgatory otherwise known as the Great Plains of South Dakota. Emerging writer, librarian and aspiring hungry ghost, John spews his skewed perception of the dharma all over his personal blog, Subtle Dharma Mouth Punch as well as on the ephemeral Elephant Journal and occasionally (while having no artistic ability to speak of) on Dharma/Arte. John also loves tacos, homebrew, yoginis and obscure Cthulhu references. You can follow him on twitter under the handle @zendustzendirt


5 Responses to “Don Imus ~ A Bodhisattva For Our Times?”

  1. Fra Savanarola says:

    Unlike Hume, Dom Imus first applied some common sense in figuring out what the issues might be.

    And then he spent (or had his faithful Bernard spend) a few minutes to read up on this Buddhism stuff.

    And then the I-Man proceeded (on the Fox Business channel, no less !) to do as much for the spread (or at least the defense) of Buddhism in the United States as almost anybody else ever has (other than, of course, Alan Watts, D T Suzuki, Dalai Lama, Thicht Nhat Hahn, and a host of other un-named dharma-warriors).

    What a wonderful world this is !

  2. Lovely — and Howard Stern and the Daily Show have commented too:

  3. I was very surprised at the comments from Howard Stern. He and Imus are at odds. I used to have a 1.5 hour commute when I lived in Jersey and I lived off the both of them….

    The Daily Show laps this sort of stuff right up.

  4. Since you are saved can I have your cushions? My butt hurts….

  5. Greg says:

    Not exactly a Dharma lesson but a start in the right direction.

    I am constantly amazed by the lack of knowledge of both the Buddhist and Christian faiths.

    When you do more research than Imus you find there are definite overlaps between the two faiths. In fact, they are closer to one another than either are to other Abrahamic faiths.

    Karen Armstrong is making this point subtly with the Compassion Charter project.