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Denise Duhamel - Buddhist Barbie

In the 5th century B.C.
an Indian philosopher
Gautama teaches "All is emptiness" 
and "There is no self." 
In the 20th century A.D.
Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man 
with such a belly could pose, 
smiling, and without a shirt.

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Poet: Denise Duhamel
Poem: Buddhist Barbie
Poem of the Day: Nov 1 2010

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 13th, 2012 at 6:33 AM.
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Unknown Unknowns says: March 1, 2011 at 12:19 pmThank you for your comments.I am in agrmeeent with much of what you wrote.But I disagree with you on the claim to Univesalism: this has been the authentic claim of the Revelations; applicable to all men for all times; first made by Zoroaster.Quranic multiplicty is one of tribes and nations and customs and not one of Revelations. There is only one single Quran and one Single Revelation shared by all the Prophets.The Enlightenment Tradition approporiated the universlait claim from Catholic Church, in my opinion.I agree with the error that you have identified: the attempt at creation of Heaven on Earth through collective human action. That path for the relaization of that project is truly the Path of the Lost (alzalin). For Mankind, in the State of Fall, cannot Redeem himself but with the Grace of God which -unfortunately, does not seem to be forthcoming soon.To put it in another way, the claim that an Islamic Just society should be the aim of the Muslim State also begs the question of why then there is a need for the Al Mahdi (or the 12-th Imam)?I do not think that the situation is complex at all.I think it actually quite simple what needs to be done.One needs to re-evaluate and critique all of Muslim, Christain, and Judaic Traditions in the light of the Quran and Kalam and existing Muslim, Christain, and Judaic Traditions in a self-consistent manner. The first step, in my opinion, is to start the scholarly process of recovering the previous (to Muslim Quran) Revelations. Once the scope of Revelations has been enlarged, then a Muslim response to Judaism, Christianity, and (Godless) Modernity can be formulated.This will no doubt take a few centuries, but there is no other way, in my opinion.

Darija from Malta
Comment 1 of 2, added on May 9th, 2005 at 6:49 PM.

This is an work of art in any light. A poem that expresses so much, but at the same time is as simple as a laugh.

Ashley from Canada

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