Feeling her church cares more about making money then helping people, Lisa drops Christianity for Buddhism.



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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Colonel Chet Manners / Doug / Money Changer / Comic Book Guy / Carl (voice)
Announcer / Captain / Ned Flanders / Gary / Wino Executive / Reverend Lovejoy / Montgomery Burns / Lenny (voice)
Himself (voice)
Lindsey Naegle / Dolph (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Bum (voice)


Homer accidentally destroys the church. The church is rebuilt with corporate money; soon after, product placements become a major feature of church life. Disgusted with this turn of events, Lisa vows to find a faith that speaks to her. Lisa discovers the Buddhist Temple. Inside, she speaks to Lenny and Carl, as well as Richard Gere. Lisa tells her family that she's become a Buddhist. After this revelation, Lisa must deal with the reactions of many of her loved ones, who worry that they won't know how to cope with a Buddhist in the family, especially at Christmas time. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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The title is based on Matthew 16:8 - "Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?" See more »


Lisa Simpson: Lenny and Carl? You guys are Buddhist?
Carl: Oh, yeah. If I didn't have inner peace, I'd go completely psycho on all you guys all the time.
Lisa Simpson: Well, I'm looking for a new faith, one that isn't so materialistic.
Richard Gere: Well, you've come to the right place. Buddhism teaches that suffering is caused by desire.
Lisa Simpson: Richard Gere?
Lenny: Ooh! The world's most famous Buddhist.
Richard Gere: Well, what about the Dalai Lama?
Carl: You know, the fourteenth incarnation of the Buddha Avalokesvara?
Lenny: Who's Buddha?
Richard Gere: It's a good thing Buddhism teaches ...
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