Jonathan Foust

September 24, 2009

Buddhist Leader Says Playing Video Games Lets Out Aggression; Better Method Than Meditation

Filed under: Dharma, Humor — jonathanfoust @ 2:20 pm

This link was passed on to me and I read it with a bit of incredulity.  Then I googled the guru.

He’s 25 years old.  Ah.

The dharma evolves.

(Thanks, Tracy.)

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5 Comments »

  1. I have to say, don’t knock till you’ve tried it. The Nintento Wii version of the Godfather is a great way to relieve tension and live out Godfather fantasies because you’re physically using controls to punch and kick. You get to hit Kevin Moonan over the head with a shovel and tell him to be, “nicer to the broads.” Don Barzini kills your father and after you become a made man you do a revenge killing a la, “I always knew it would be you kid.”

    If all that’s too much you can just faux box although I’ve gotten a bloody nose and developed blood blisters from boxing on the Wii, so I’m not sure how faux it really is!

    It may not be meditation but it’s certainly emotional release.

    Comment by Janna — September 25, 2009 @ 8:45 am

  2. For his comments on hip hop and succeeding the Dalai Lama, read this little article on the SunSpace http://www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace/?p=12311. From there you can link to the entire interview on the Times of India webpage.

    Comment by Sylvia — September 25, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  3. I’ve never played a video game. This could be the breakthrough I’ve been looking for.

    Comment by jonathanfoust — September 25, 2009 @ 9:20 am

    • Cool. I heard that he turned the Dharma Hall at The Tsurphu Monastery into a WII/Nintendo game room. The upside is that, at his retreats, you can gain enlightenment without all that Vipassana drudgery and achy knees. However, reports have come in of cases of carpel tunnel from excessive remote grasping. Everything in moderation.

      Comment by John — September 28, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

  4. That’s surprising because I know Tara is a big Everquest fan. Yoga for the Nintendo Wii is really cool because the Wii balance board measures your center of balance.

    Comment by Janna — September 25, 2009 @ 2:11 pm


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