I found this on Twitter recently:
This is a whiteboard-list of Western philosophers and a summary of their ideas using donuts. For example Nietzsche says “Stop at nothing to get your donut,” while Plato says “all donuts share in ‘ideal donut-ness'”.
So I got to thinking: how would you summarize Buddhism through donuts?
I guess my answer would be:
No matter how many donuts you eat, you will keep wanting more.
But then there’s many different Buddhist traditions each with their own nuances:
- Zen: There is no donut.
- Esoteric Buddhism: The donut is symbolic of deeper truths and requires empowerment.
- Pure Land: There are lots of donuts in the Pure Land.
- Theravada: There are exactly 47 types of donuts in the Pali Canon.
- Nichiren: The Lotus Donut is supreme compared to all other donuts.
- Madhyamika: Donuts are really just flour, sugar, eggs and milk. It has no inherent “donut-ness”.
- Yogacara: The donut is a projection of one’s accumulated experiences.
I’m being tongue-in-check of course. 🙂
P.S. Thanks to reader Ruairi for suggestion on correcting Madhyamika.