Sunday, 10 July 2011

Classic US 1950's documentary Buddhism - The Man Who Woke Up !

The CIA produced a number of documentaries over the years in order to inform their operatives who would be working in countries where it was necessary to have a knowledge of the culture and religions. In this classic episode a talking head Dr Huston Smith from Washington University gives a very informed and seemingly supportative account of one of the world's oldest religions.

He announces that the Buddha is probably the 6th greatest man who has ever lived and repeats the common quote when the Buddha was asked what was he - a god , a guru or what and the Buddha replied neither - he was awake.

It's a great shame the US didn't as a nation take to heart what this documentary lovingly creates in its experience in SE Asia. Over 3 million people died during the Vietnam War and ultimately for what ?

Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization.

We must make our choice; we cannot have both.

Abraham Flexner

Part 1

Part 2

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