Buddhism’s Charlie Brown Moment

Not long ago, I received an e-mail from some group out of Indonesia asking me to submit a photo to a contest they were sponsoring for the best Buddhist altar.

I kid you not. Big money prizes, too.

My first reaction was to laugh. Then I just shook my head. I felt like Charlie Brown when he comes across Snoopy’s tricked-out dog house in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The only thing missing was Linus to remind me of the true meaning of Buddhism.

“Sure Charlie Brown,” he’d say. “I can tell you the meaning of Buddhism.” And he’d just sit there and not say a thing.

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