Falling in love…

with Killing the Buddha.

From Christian, for All Intents and Purposes:

I believe in reading sacred texts the way rabbinic father Ben Bagbag taught his students to read Torah: “Turn it over and over…And reflect upon it and grow old and worn in it.” I believe in poet Naomi Shihab Nye’s search for “the words under the words” of her Palestinian grandmother’s prayers. I believe there’s something sacred about bali to, a Papa New Guinean idiom for “turned over words,” as anthropologist Steven Feld interprets it (in Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics and Song in Kaluli expression).  What Jeff Sharlet likens to turning a stone over and over in your hands.  “Those with eyes to see discover that the other side of the rock reveals new meanings; turn it again, and there’s another.”

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