“All tremble at the pain of the rod, all fear death. Comparing others to oneself, one should not strike or kill.”
As a child, I witnessed a little boy in hospital screaming as he was being given an injection. I was haunted by this image for many years, and became terrified syringes....
The Buddha's parable of the poisoned arrow warns against being distracted when urgent action is necessary. The later Zen masters developed lightening fast ways of removing these arrows from their followers.
Does the focus on meditating monks and Zen masters in Buddhist film de-value the practices of lay-Buddhists? Is this portrayal the result of Western tastes for exotic religion and part of our colonial legacy?