If you’ve been paying attention to the Patriots players and coaches at Media Day for the last 18 or so Super Bowls, you’d know that their interviews aren’t just about football, X’s & O’s, the opponents or bantering with the reporters and fans who don’t get kicked out. Their interviews are about life itself.
Theirs is a Buddhist philosophy. A spiritual journey toward a path of peace and achieving Nirvana through overcoming suffering. One that is on display every Media Day, for those of us who listen to their teachings. Beginning with the round sage with the simple robes and gentle smile, and filtering down to all his followers. And last night was no exception.
The Teachings of Patriots Media Day, 2019:
Buddha: “If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.”
Buddha: “Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.”
“Buddha: Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: this is the teaching of the Buddhas.”
Buddha:”Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. A miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you.”
The McCourty Twins:
Buddha: “People with opinions just go around bothering each other.”
“Buddha: You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.”
The Dalai Lama: “Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga.”