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August 3, 2013

Cartoon: Why elephant doesn’t offer an Entertainment section.

This Cartoon reminds us why Buddhism is not a fan of Entertainment.

We focus on family, adventure, bicycling, eco-responsibility, social good, active citizenship, yoga, wellness, non new agey spirituality, enlightened education, the arts, ecofashion…it’s a long list. But we don’t cover sports or entertainment, or consumption for consumption’s sake.

This Cartoon reminds us why Buddhism is not a fan of Entertainment.

And neither is elephant. While we cover videos with cute piggies (reminding us that animals are sentient, too, not just breakfast) and write endless blogs about Top 10 Ways to Be Happy, we don’t cover pop culture news or movies, generally, or sports for sports sake. Some movies, some moments in sports, some stories are worthwhile. It’s not black and white.

Except that it is. Distraction is the enemy. Our enemies are our greatest teachers, however, not enemies, merely. That’s why the fly is the symbol of “coming back to the present moment” in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.

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