I love Richard Gere and don't give a rat's dick who knows it.
Colbert is funny and he is a serious Catholic. Gere is wonderful actor and seems to be a kind person.
Colbert had plenty of tragedy in his life and Gere had his dad around longer but apparently out in the community quite a bit.
Our deepest influences are those who raised us and interacted with us. As adults we can expand the influence or not.
My Dad was the youngest of six kids in a deeply Catholic family. He was suppose to be a priest. He was kicked out of Catholic school and by the time we came along he was atheist. We kids were baptized in and went to the Methodist church. I quit going when I was 12. It was all bullshit to me.
Thanks for posting but I had no interest in either voting option.
Rant Alert: I seem to be constitutionally incappable of being succinct, so stop now if you don't have the patience, lol.
I have to vote for none of the above. I am amused by Colbert and appreciate his attitude and willingness to talk with others of differing beliefs without being too preachy, but he's still Catholic, which I naturally consider to be bogus. Gere strikes me as thoughtful, but I would have to hear much more of his perspective before I could know if I predominantly can agree with him or not.
The interview was humerous, due mostly to Colbert. Buddhism is indeed the most thoughtful/intelligent of all religions, mostly because it rejects the cop out of claiming a god/magic sky daddy to explain what is not known or understood. It has a whole lot of really intelligent and impressive effort at understanding the nature of existance, life, consciousness, etc. But that is only partly true. It is also corrupted by humans and human culture. (Ack! Ok, "Corrupted" is a problematic choice of term, because it implies humans did not create Buddhism, but merely "discovered" it. Hmm....)
Anyway, Buddhism varies widely among groups that subscribe to it. It is philosophy to some, religion to others. It is politicized in places. People have killed and practiced genocide in the name of Buddhism, crazy as that sounds, just as with all religions.
As religion ANY belief system runs the risk of encouraging practitioners to trade away careful thought for blind faith, which is dangerous....but humans seem predisposed to that inclination, anyway, perhaps.
As a philosophy, that is, separate and apart from ritual and traditions and faith, Buddhism can be a great system for getting people to humbly consider what values of life are important to them and how to navigate life in a way that makes suffering bearable and less overwhelming. So maybe(?) Gere looks at Buddhism that way. I am not sure.
[I have read a couple books on the subject that intrigued me greatly, ...
"Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment" by Robert Wright, and "Buddhism Withou Beliefs" by Stephen Batchelor. You could add to that an honorable mention to Sam Harris' "Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion," which certainly references Buddhism a fair amount.]
...but my eyes still glaze over with boredom when people start waxing poetic about how "reality doesn't exist." Sorry Gere, but that's bullshit. To be cheritable to Gere, maybe he meant that human senses lack the ability to ever perceive reality wholly objectively, and therefore we can never absolutely know it. I could agree with that, but that was not what I heard him say.