Meeting the Buddha for lunch in New York City
For some unknown reason, I've only been able to do a half-fast for Ramadan this year. Here's me, barely limping along without food until mid-afternoon, never quite making it to sundown. My bad. But I'm doing the best that I can -- in solidarity with the millions of tortured, vilified, starving and endangered people in Gaza, Bethlehem, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, etc.
On Sunday I broke my fast with a nice bowl of rice pudding at Barney Greengrass's famous kosher restaurant on the Upper West Side, an area that many former Israelis have immigrated into lately (apparently one in six Israelis no longer live in Israel and have been voting against Netanyahu with their feet).
On Monday I broke my fast in Harlem, eating shrimp and grits at that iconic luncheonette founded by "Sylvia, the Queen of Soul Food" -- followed by a quick trip to the Apollo theater to buy an iconic T-shirt and reminisce on the good old days when I used to buy a seat in the second balcony every Saturday night for only a dollar and change.
So. After this powerful experience with the Buddha, I'm now starting to wonder exactly who I will be having lunch with next. Mohammad, Abraham, Jesus? I'm sure that each one of them would all serve up a nice hot dish of compassion too.
The moral here? Human beings today are starving for compassion -- not for wealth or power. And they are certainly not starving for more "war". We have totally grossed out on all that shite already.
And I betcha anything that Jesus would never want America to spend a trillion dollars on some stupid 2000-mile-long border wall -- and that Abraham would never want America to spend a trillion dollars on some stupid Wall in Palestine either. And surely Mohammad would never want those freaky-weird spoiled-brat princes in Saudi Arabia to join with America in spending a trillion dollars slaughtering Muslims in Yemen and Syria either.
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