Sunday, February 20, 2011
just a little change, small to say the least, both a little scared
So, pretty soon, I'm going to be adding another book to my "read before bed" routine. It's called "the heart of the buddha's teaching", and it's part recommendation/part negotiation with my friend, Heather.
Heather and I (and about ten other people that I don't know) had a little discussion over on Facebook not long ago, where the topic was the movie, The King's Speech, it's rated R rating, and whether or not Mormons would attend, given the fact that the movie has an excellent message and was rated R for some language which (from the accounts of those who have seen it) isn't offensive in the way that it's used.
Incidentally, one thing I have to say about Heather's discussions. She'll often bring up religious issues and points that can be quite charged, and sometimes I have to have a thicker-than-I'm-used-to-since-I-live-in-Utah-where-nearly-everyone-I-associate-with-is-LDS-skin. However, the discussions are definitely civil, and never degenerate into name calling and judgement slinging. I so appreciate that.
Anyway, oddly enough, by the end of the Facebook discussion, Heather (perhaps to her dismay) had agreed to read The Book of Mormon, and I had agreed to read The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching. I've ordered it, and should probably be starting it sometime next week. If any of you are hankering to get better acquainted with either book/school of thought/religion, please feel free to join us in our quest. I'm planning to write some of what I learn/experience as I read on the blog, and knowing Heather, I think she'll probably do the same. (You can read what she's already written about our little agreement here.)(To have the title of this post make sense, you'd have to know that Heather has stated elsewhere that she's very nervous and a little skeptical about reading the Book of Mormon, but is willing to try.)
I'm also a little daunted, to be honest. The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching is over 300 pages long, and if the excerpts I've skimmed are any indication, it's not exactly light reading. Still, it will be good for me, right? I mean, as interesting as the little tidbits in Armchair Reader: The Mammoth Armchair Reader are, something tells me that there is more to be learned out there. I might as well get on it, and if I'm doing it with Heather, it's sure to stretch me and be extra interesting.
5 points for the name of the song
no points for the name of the musical
2 points for the name of the composer
other points awarded by whim