Monday, August 20, 2007

Insulting Buddhism and Buddha

I just had a feeling that this is the time to write a blog post on this topic. Insulting buddhism is not a trend in the modern world. It had happened in the days when lord Buddha was alive. One day a prostitute piled up some wood and wore it to pretend she was pregnant and complained that she got pregnant because of lord Buddha. The greatest enemy ( at that time ) of Buddha was his cousin. He once made Buddha bleeding and sent untamed elephant Nalagiri to kill him. A gang killed a woman and hid her body where Buddha stayed claiming that lord Buddha is responsible for the murder. Complaining lord Buddha is complaining his teaching, Buddhism.


In this information age, the attack against Buddhism has become more complex. See the image below. As I can see it is not edited using Photoshop. But I'm not sure how Nestle people will take the resposibility for this image.

Can anyone of you think the relationship between Beef and Buddha/Buddhism?. No. This is merely to insult buddhism. This just says nothing. I must say thats a cruel thinking of a religious extremist.







Why people tend to use these types of low quality materials to insult buddhism?


  1. They don't have grounds to argue and prove buddhism is falsy religionwise.

  2. They are fear of the future of their religions

Einstein did also follow some theories in Buddhism. Sit Arthur C. Clarke once predicted, in the future when people tend to think more logically all single and multiple god centered religions will be less popular and conceptual religions like Buddhism will take their place.


I know this will be arguable. I will add more ways of insulting Buddhism in future posts. You would be amazed to see the "conspiracies by extremists"



Can anyone of you think what does Victoria Secret mean by adding a buddha image in bikini. For christian people, do you think its ok to put Jesus' image instead, replacing the Buddha image?

90 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand. What are you talking about?

The picture of Buddha in the background of the Maggi pack is just a picture. It has nothing to do with beef, true, but it also has nothing to do with terrorism.

And one more thing: Buddha taught non-attachment. Are you practicing what Buddha has taught, or are you grasping at your own attachments as to what Buddhism is and isn't?

Robin said...

Interesting packaging errors.

To be frank, I am amused rather than insulted.

Thanks for sharing.

Lotus_in_the_hills said...

People in Sri Lanka must reconsider this mentality that the world is out to destory Buddhism. It is something like the mentality of fundamentalist Christians and Muslims that the world is against them, and therefor they need to strike first.

Most of the conspiracy theories from Sri Lanka are so crazy that they are laughable, for instance, that Mahayana Buddhists are in cahoots with the LTTE and President Rajapaksa to destroy Buddhism.

Yes, the Portuguese tried to destroy Buddhism, yes, there were British missionaries denigrating Buddhism. But that does not allow us to see crazy conspiracies at every corner. A Buddha image on a food package is a blunder, an offense against good sense and good taste, but not a global conspiracy to criticize Buddhism. Know how to pick your battles wisely.

Anonymous said...

i think you need to for get the negitive things in life and think about the positives

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Anonymous said...

Who cares if somebody insults Buddha? He was just a man. Let go of you attachment to Buddhism....

haputhale said...

I think the picture is trying to represent Thailand. "World flavours" - "Beef" - "Thailand" - get it? Duh.

Oh no, wait - It's probably the imperialist buddhism-hating (i.e. all non-sinhalese) people who have got together and paid off the owners of Maggie to degrade our glorius religion. And unethically convert everyone to christianity. Clever eh, these people.

I was being sarcastic just now, bye the way. Buddhism is a philophy that was taught by a man we now call the Buddha. If you put a picture of Newton on the Maggie pack, is that insulting gravity? Try it and tell me - maybe things might stop falling down. Oooooh...

I'm a Buddhist by the way. A proper one.

Tibet Arts said...

i am Agree with writer.
People Must respect others religion.
If they don't understand the value of Buddhism or other Religion, it's better not speak or saying something against it.

Buddha polonnaruwa i like you blog
thanks for this articals

marc plumvillage,france said...

équanimity. breathe...meditate on why are you hurt. seize this "insult" as a good opportunity to practice, and love, dont be angry. what is the use of buddhism if it drives you angry? forgive my poor english...

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Anonymous said...

Just think of the images as simple reminders that the image itself IS Buddha. The bathing suit is Buddha. Where's the problem? In thinking about purity and impurity, the truth is lost.

I think in the case of the bathing suit, it is communicating something interesting and important. It shows how 'non practitioners' of the Buddha Way see the Buddha and his figure. They see sexuality as one of the utmost pleasures, well even thought the Buddha didn't quite see it that way, it isn't so bad that the consumerists see the Buddha way as entering Nirvana, it's just that their view of nirvana is the Bliss of what's under the bathing suit.

So really, it's a good sign. Just not exactly what the Buddha taught.

Peace!

Anonymous said...

Do you read the Newsweek? On the cover of the March issue, it says: Buddha is back. The religion of peace is undergoing a revival - but with an angry dark side! Please, practice Buddhism truthfully. The non-Buddhists are trying to smear the good name of Lord Buddha. We do not want to help them by showing our anger and stupidity, do we?

El Paco said...

Common!. As a Buddhist, (and not a Taliban). I cannot feel at all that stuff like that insults Buddhism or the Lord Buddha.
Feeling insulted by that stuff means we still attached to the conceptions of like and dislike, to the idea that there is an immanent thing such as the "image of lord Buddha" that can be insulted, and to the idea of a self that can be insulted.

Don't get angry like fundamentalist do because silly cartoons. Show compassion to people that just show ignorance when they pretend to insult Buddhism.
Moreover, as any school bully knows, it is always more fun to mock of the guy that gets angry!!. So do not get mad is just more fun for the bullies.

By the way, nice bikini, I would like to buy one for my girlfriend, hehe. Her groin is as sacred as her heart and the other parts of her body, so I don't think its insulting for the Lord Buddha to wear his image in a bikini, not more than having it in a t-shirt or tattooed in your chest.

With metta

El Paco

Utpal Kumar said...

Good topic and good point of view.
This is really sad that Victoria Secret wore bikini with buddha's pic on it. It hurts.
Every body respect others feelings and faith.
www.buddhabihar.com

Buddha said...

Insulting Buddha will bring bad karma to those....

vishwajith said...

REGARDING YOUR BLOG IT'S GOOD YOU HAVE POINTED OUT THOSE AND WE DO NOT PLACE NAY IMAGES OF JESUS AND PROPHET MOHAMED CAUSE LORD BUDDHA TAUGHT US TO RESPECT OTHERS AND THEIR THOUGHTS..DIDN'T THE JESUS AND PROPHET MOHAMED TEACH THEE SO?

BUT ONE THING I GATHER FROM THE 2 PICTURES NONE OF THE MAGGI PACK OR THE BIKINI CAN NOT GET THE ATTRACTION FOR THE THINGS INSIDE AS NOW PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THOSE AND INSTEAD PEOPLE WOULD LOVE TO LOOK AT A CALM IMAGE OF BUDDHA AND THE LADY WHO WEARS THE BIKINI WOULD THINK THE GUY IS LOOKING AT HER LOWEST PART BUT INSTEAD THE MODERN GUY IS LOOKING AT THE GREAT PICTURE OF LORD BUDDHA...

ONE MORE THING A COMMENT SAYS LORD BUDDHA IS JUST MAN ..YES HE WAS A MAND BUT A GREAT ONE WHO SAID EVERTHING OF THE HUMAN UNIVERSE AND THE WORLD 2500 YEARS AGO WHEN ONLY FEW COULD UNDERSTAND WHAT HE SAID AND STILL SCIENTISTS ARE WONDERING HOW HE COULD EXPLAIN SO MUCH THAT THEY EVEN CAN NOT FIND YET AND IF ONLY 0.00000/% OF THINGS SAID BY LORD BUDDHA HAVE BEEN UNCOVERED BY PRESENT CALCULATE AND SEE HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE US HUMANS TO UNCOVER THE BALANCE OF THE TRUTH HE SAID ABOUT THE UNIVERSE ONLY.

SO PRINT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN WHEREEVER YOU CAN AND NOT ON THE BIKINI EVEN UNDER IT WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH.

MAY THE TRIPPLE GEMS BLEE YOU ALL

Anonymous said...

All this talk on pictures and images. There are far more important issues such as why a devout (rich) buddhist who also runs a charity won't pay me money owed to me after a year of looking me in the eyes and promising he will and because of it I am destitute and will soon be homeless. He certainly has a lot to face when he comes back. I can't believe it of a human being and I was always under the impression Buddhists where nice people.

vishwajith said...

OH BOY THE 16TH COMMENT IS NOT A COMMENT HE ASKS WHY ALL THESE TALKS ABOUT LORD BUDDHA AND NOT TALK ABOUT HIS PERSOANL FINANCE MATTERS AND MOREOVER HE IS ANONYMOUS.

MY FRIEND YOUR PROBLEM IS NOT A RELIGIOUS ONE ITS A LEGAL ONE PLEASE TAKE LEGAL ADVICE AND IF YOUR STORY IS TRUE THAT PERSON DOES NOT LEAD A LIFE OF A BUDDHIST BUT OF ANOTHER TYPE.

C. J. Serling said...

"Then with blood running from his injured head, with his bowl broken, and with his patchwork robe torn, the venerable Angulimala went to the Blessed One. The Blessed One saw him coming, and he told him: 'Bear it, brahmana, bear it, brahmana!'"

Anonymous said...

What if ppl uses a buddhist image? What if they uses to insult?
Who are the guilty person? Who put the image? Or who feel insulted?

Let the ppl say whatever they want, instead of worrying about that better practive the Dharma, is more important, as Chekawa said.

Anonymous said...

would buddha be insulted?

Saint said...

The "anonymous" may not be a guy as someone wrote here!?, it is rather a suffering woman and might have experienced a bad experience with someone who calls himself/herself a Buddhist (I am not assuming, but from the anonymous messages, I infer?)

First things first...... It is rare, let me reiterate.... it is rare to see bad people among Buddhists. I am not saying it is not possible, but rare.

In my life time, I have hardly seen bad Buddhists, because the very tenet of Buddhism and Buddhists is to look upon thyself and others with great respect. We teach and practice in this way, I am sorry this person had to face such a bad person.

I am sorry that you had to undergo some suffering with whomever that person. But, pick yourself up and try to reason it if you are doing the right thing, it is not about insulting Buddha but yourself. Would you wear your Dad on your Bikini?. Would you rather wear your Brother under your bottom part?. The answer certainly will be no?. Why not?. Ask these questions the next time you read my message OK.

Instead, when you want to get rid of the anger, pain and suffering, you must seek Buddha's teachings, there are numerous ways and means he taught us to deal with such agonies sometime we go through in this world.

But, wearing a Buddha bikini depicting Buddha in front of your Veg..a is simply a lunatic behavior, it is not about insult, it is about how terrible your mind is working right now or at the time you agreed to wear this kind of clothes. You know, we develop respect and reverence to someone in our life because of their sear knowledge and power to influence humans life, when we do so, we uphold them. And keep them in higher state of mind (You mentally came down as low as you could and physically insulting yourself too, not Buddha but yourself?). We must be careful also to keep them in a physically upholding position.

Here is an example, when Buddhists sit for dining, before they start eating they provide offering prayers (a one min or few min prayer) in which we offer the food to Buddha, Bodhisattva's, arahat's and monk's by upholding the food plate or bowl above our head, are you aware about this, this is the meaning of upholding value and respect to someone special.

When we kiss respectfully at our kids, relatives, friends, we do not kiss at others bottom parts, we kiss at forehead or on the cheeks or the head?. Why?. Again, it is a respect, may be we are ok with wearing Buddha's on head or on shirt, but wearing a bikini.....I do not really know how to explain it to you than what I said?.

But anyways, I find it is more of your mental status than others, you are insulting yourself.

Same is true to the manufacture of the bikini, the marketing person and those who asked you to wear this and those who photographed this, all of you are suffering people, who insult yourself to this extent.

The next time you write a message, just identify yourself and get some help from Buddhists to how to get rid of your suffering that made you to behave this way. Anonymous in itself is a disguise, a fear and whatever ....!?.

Saint
http://upliftthem.blogspot.com

Charmina said...

The noodles pack had the Buddha picture to depict the food as Thai ethnic origin. There are many Buddhists in China, Thailand, Korea and Japan who eat beef. Buddha himself ate pork meat. It is also a well known fact that Buddhism and oriental religions are well know fads among Models and people in Fashion industry. We should be happy that the Buddha's teaching and Image is publicised through these covern means.

But the important point is why is such a big fuss made about it. It shows a lack of security among many Buddhists. There is also victim conciouness arising out of demeaning of religions like Buddha Dhamma by well entrenched christian and muslim evangelist proselytizers. Buddhists need to deal with these as the Buddha would have dealt it. As when Buddha mentioned to Angulimala in the Suttas " 'Bear it, brahmana, bear it, brahmana!'". We will always grow with pateince and forebarance.

Anonymous said...

The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness. ~Dalai Lama

You fail.

Ariel said...

I really like what El Paco said.

After all, who is it that's feeling insulted? The ego. Non-attachments is a central message in a great way of life, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

I agree with El Paco & Ariel also. The truth of Buddhism transcends any ability to insult it. As a UU Buddhist, I believe the curiosity and decorative use of the image of the Buddha is a sign of subconscious awakening in the West. I've heard it said, there are no fundamentalist Buddhist ):
great site! Namaste

Eric said...

I agree with what many people have said in the previous comments, that exposure to Buddhist icons in the West does help spread the teachings of Buddha. However, I would also like to see a move from using the Buddha as a mere pop culture icon to an actual religious and meaningful image. Here is a story from the LA Times I found a while ago discussing similar issues: http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-hm-buddha12-2008jun12,0,3568846.story?page=1

vishwajith said...

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH SAINT AND TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH CHARMINA. DEAR CHARMINA ARE YOU SURE WHAT YOU WRITE ABOUT AND HOW DO YOU SAY LORD BUDDHA CONSUMED PORK DID YOU DINE ON SAME MAT OR DO TRANSLATE SUKARA MANSA INTO ENGLISH AS PORT THE MEANING IS A KIND OF MUSH ROOMS AND THEY CALL IT SO AND NOT ONLY LORD BUDDHA MANY INDIANS ARE VEGETARIANS TOO SO READ THINGS MORE CAREFULLY AND IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE MEANING OF WORDS ASK FROM A WELL READ AND EDUCATED PERSON OF BUDDHISM..DON'T READ PAPER ARTICLES AND COMMENT ON A GREAT LORD BUDDHA IT'S A SIN IN YOUR MIND TOO

Anonymous said...

haha it's the black-bean you fools! China is famous for black-bean and also for Buddhism. Go figure.....good marketing Maggie

Che said...

i highly doubt these are the reasons why people do this type of thing

"Why people tend to use these types of low quality materials to insult buddhism?




They don't have grounds to argue and prove buddhism is falsy religionwise.

They are fear of the future of their religions "


They probably just do it simpily because of style and image i guess.
I also think there are very unaware that they are insulting or mocking buddhism.


"For christian people, do you think its ok to put Jesus' image instead, replacing the Buddha image?"

I personally dont mind, but others might.
Stores always sell shirts all the time that say stuff like "Jesus is my homeboy" or "Mary is my homegirl"

But if it bothers you,You should just learn rise above stuff like that.

thats what i personally believe.


thanks for the blog post btw.
im doing a project on Buddhism.

Anonymous said...

every one should respect other peoples' views, religions and opinions.As a buddhist i dnt like to see Buddha being insulted like this.I dont even approve using any of the other religous leaders' photos like this. For me this is a very unethical act.

Trepe said...

I think that we are responsible for whether we choose to be offended by anything. Most of the time it is a subconscious choice, and ignorance does not negate responsibility. I feel that maybe, when we choose to be offended it is really because we see some shadow of what we are offended by within ourselves.

Jesus means something completely different to Christians than what Buddha means to a Buddhist. I also think that beef has nothing to do with Buddhism. I think it might have more to do with Hinduism and India's culture, instead. I think Buddha, might, be more concerned with why you find these things so offensive.

DeeCee said...

I agree with Eric. The buddha's image has become a pop culture icon due to the fact of ignorance.

As buddhist it does hurt when the image is used for marketing purposes, when we would think twice of using images of other religious leaders.

But we can forgive them. And teach the world about buddhism in turn, and how to respect it.

Anonymous said...

Huh?? What do you mean?!

Robert of Perth said...

I think you make some good points and I agree if other religions were depicted in such a manner there would be street riots!
Buddhism is a soft target for commercialism because of its fundamental basis (tolerance, compassions etc). Buddhists don’t fight holy wars/jihad and as such don't aggressively peruse an agenda to inflict there will on others.
One positive is marketing like this only raises awareness of Buddhism opening it to new markets

womanofwisdom said...

Its called ignorance.Which means they are not realy aware.Pray for them that their ignorance will be removed.Pray that any angry comment given will fall like flowers on the recipient.May our intention in all we say and do be pure.

Anonymous said...

Ignorant people they dont know about Buddha Dharma or vision.Insulting is only wy to collect sins.

bobsuruncle said...

Im alright with the maggi thing but the bikini is taking it abit too far, its not a place where Buddha shud be! ppl tend to insult many religions including christianity. One important word is called RESPECT!!!

Religious symbols cant always be used as a decoration or fashion as there will be always be ppl out there holding a grudge against it because it is not applicable for its puporse.

thanks for sharing. oh yeh and there are a load of rude shits talking about Buddha like hes nothing, millions of ppl believe in Buddha so shut ur gobs twats.

buddhist temple said...

Everybody deserves to be respected despite whatever religion they belong. As much as possible avoid using offending images so as not to insult others.

Anonymous said...

Actually I don't feel much about the 'beef and the buddha' thing, but as a Buddhist, I feel quite uncomfortable at the picture of the Buddha image on the bikini.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

the beef package.. well u can see rice on the package so think rice is related to asia and asia to buddhism, bamboo, etc. thts wat u think of if u think of asia.
and the buddha statue in tht womens pu.. well he teached not to follow temptation so thts a pretty hard temptation rite here hugh?
well yea the jus wanted to get the asian look. the dont really see buddhism as a religon. jus like me. its a way to life. a tutorial, an instructual to live ur life.
well but ur rite if theyd put jesus head in tht .. every catholic would b pissd. every christian. etc

emilia said...

Try not to get too hung out by such things. To be offended by an image speaks more you, than of the image or how that image came into being. Relax more, and understand that we are all different, and full of our own self importance - which includes our views and opinions.

Anonymous said...

I am Buddhist, a convert and have experienced mocking and hostile behavior that seems to be acceptable. No one mocks the Muslims, Jews or Christians at work, but my faith seems to be open for everyone. No one asks what is Buddhism, they just use whatever they believe is insulting to attack me. I take it personal as I am the only Buddhist on the premise. They force me to participate in their religious celebrations and act as though it shouldn't matter what I do, after all I am a Buddhist and some kind of ignorant heathen.

This wouldn't probably be an issue if I had not been subjected to racism, gender bias, ageism previously and now this appears to be another button that can be pushed, one that should be very personal and cause me to react. There isn't anything left for anyone to do unless they physically assault me. This place no longer feels comfortable to be in, especially if my humanity is seen as a target for others to entertain themselves.

Josh said...

I don't see the issue. The food box seems to have something about world flavors on it, clearly putting the statue there is just their idea of worldly. Also, so they put the image of the Buddha on a bikini, so what? He was just a man, he achieved Nibbana, and is gone.

Prageeth said...

Ah yes these are old issues. It was quite a fad sometime back, to expose these "attacks on Buddhism" in Sri Lanka.

I think we as Buddhists, should be less concerned about what others do to degrade us and do crazy things to stop them. I think we should be more concerned about our own minds and our own practice. Most Sri Lankan Buddhists are just Buddhists for the sake of being born to a Buddhist family.

So I encourage my fellow Sri Lankan Buddhists to not look at these "koalang" (nonsense) in anger, but rather with Metta, and be mindful of your own practice. If you really want to protect Buddhism, you should live in accordance with it to the fullest you can.

After all, life is very uncertain. :)

aung said...

you people sucks. u dont know what the buddhist mean and say whatever come to u. one day u all will learn a lesson what i say. u people just wait and see. i am not kidding. if not happen in this life it will happen in ur another life.

Zen said...

Aung, 'we suck?' is that Right Speech? is that Compassion? Perhaps you should try cultivating some of the Buddha's virtues yourself before you even consider judging others in the future.

Phenix Che said...

"Thought cultivation means not attaching to thoughts of good or evil, but holding to the Middle Way. That is Dhyana samadhi. In cultivation, we should cultivate samadhi power." - http://www.goldwheel.org/

Rose Belle said...

I keep telling people this: if you choose not to believe then do it respectfully and live a good life with good morals because you don't want to live a life without regard and respect for Buddha or Christ and then find out that they do exist after you died.

Anonymous said...

What's the issue? Its a bikini and a package. Just don't take offense.

Anonymous said...

well, to get rid of attachments is wot Buddha tried to make people understand..its among people's mentality whether to use god's accessory or not..be it wrist band or a t-shirt or dat bikini. i have seen on news where lord Shiva's photo was being used in paper napkins.. who m i to comment..i don't like using such things so i don't. but we just can't shout on all and make them do the same..different people have different mentality.
i found this topic very interesting hence thought of commenting.. i know a guy who is from Vietnam.. he is a monk, age 32+, i don't have any personal grudge on him..it's just that, i was totally amazed to see wot he as a monk was doing, i am a philosophy student, i have studied Buddhism, & i have g8 respect towards Buddhism.. i met him about 2 years ago.. he's name is HIEN PHI HIEAN,and is residing at vijay nagar, single storey D-33/B,3rd floor, Delhi,India. and according to him he belongs to a farmer family.. since he was a monk, my first reaction to him was a bow full of respect and honor. than he shared his journey and reason to become monk.. he said he was poor and needed money so he became a monk, being a monk many people send him donations and he remains in constant touch with his doners.. he has 2-3 bank accounts in delhi.. and monthly he gets some handsome amount to live his life happily. In delhi i have seen many lama's n monks with their religious gown.. but HIEN, the monk i know wears addidas t- shirts, shorts, branded jenas, cap and a sport shoe. its on some occasion for example visiting embassy , or some other work he wears his religious gown.
since here it is written how can we define the relationship b/w a beef and Buddhism.. than how come he is consuming beef?chicken is his favorite, every weekend he throw's a party at his plaz, he loves red wine..he loves Britney spears, and usually listen to songs very loud! he got many friends.. i remember once he and some of his friends were partying one night and every one were shouting like anything. what i have learned in Buddhism is to get rid of it, Buddha's four noble truth, the 8 fold path.. the suffering that buddha faced in order to make the world understand what his real motives were..than what is he doing? one more thing there was this sweet German lady who was actually Japanese but married to a German use to denote him money..i don't rem'ber the amount.
she once came to his place, he tells me and one more guy who himself was buddhist, not to tell that lady that he eats non veg. if we do than she will stop sending him money.. and we did as he said, we did not wanted him to get into any trouble, but why so much craving, he should be the one telling us not to do all this. why did he lie? one might think how come i know so much about him, than let me tell you, i was his flat mate.. me HIEN & the other person, were flat mates once, but facing so much trouble from HIEN, i left that place.
i don't have any offense against anyone nor m insulting Buddhism..the philosophy of Buddhism is very pure and beautiful.. m very fascinated by it. but amazed to see how a monk is doing such things. i am not saying that only he did such a thing, even in Indian religion many priests aim for money and not for actual worship..it happens, but amusement made me to add a comment on this topic. i have given his name and address as a proof of knowing him personally.

Joshua said...

There isn't any issue with consuming beef or chicken in Buddhism though...

I'm not sure about Mahayana monks, but in Theravada, monks are permitted to eat meat, as long as it isn't specifically killed for them. However, I'm guessing he's from some Mahayana tradition, probably it's different?

That being said, he does't sound like a monk to me, just a charlatan.

Anonymous said...

iam as a muslim even i think ur correct 100%

urassface said...

omg get over it
how long did it take you to find these pics anyway
get a life dude

Anonymous said...

like the moslems and hindus!
there is much common ground.
as for tanta, not bothered to be insulted. lol buddhists!

chinthaka said...

I really agree with you.. not only this a game call FISH WORLD in face book. that game also using Buddha’s symbols as fish tank decorations.
we should provide our maximum effort to condemn these this as much as we can.

J N said...

With discussion comes knowledge of Buddha and the wonderful teachings he has brought to many people and even myself. While these pictures may seem distasteful it is an opportunity to grow and acknowledge the need for us to teach others about what the image of Lord Buddha means to the Buddhist community no matter what school. I do find it very shocking the amount of Buddha heads I do encounter even in my hometown of Chicago and when I ask what they believe the image of Lord Buddha means they cannot tell me in entirety or sometimes anything at all but I do not fault them in entirety. We should not condemn but TEACH. I know myself I do not know everything there is to know in Lord Buddha's teachings but to share what each of us know with people unfamiliar to the teachings will bring us closer as a community who can respect and love each other and isn't that what Lord Buddha preached?
Thank you for your time =)

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El Paco said...

I guess Buddhists would agree with Stoics on this:
"Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears." - Marcus Aurelius

Buddhist Beads said...

I think the packaging is due to ignorance of people. It might not want to insult anyone.

maxelldemon said...

You have been hit by an arrow. you're wounded so badly. Is there any point of wasting time thinking from where the arrow came , who shot it, why?

Is there any point in keep cursing the shooter OR the arrow?

What you would do is to try and get medicine for your wound as soon as possible and get recovered.Isn't it?

So do it my friend.

Prayer Wheel said...

How stupid! If they did this to Muslim, some violence will happen.

Anonymous said...

I can see there are many opinions in this blog, as myself being the observer. In Buddhist-practicing countries, such pictures or products would not be acceptable because of tradition, respect and Buddhism is practiced in a manner of formality. Also, the pressure from other religions converting Buddhists.
However, in the west where Buddhism arrived very recent, Buddhism is regard as a practical and way-of-life teaching to go through the hectic living in this realm. Many converted Buddhists (especially) in the west, practice Buddhism to the core of the teaching and less ceremonial.
Therefore, both arguments are well and perfect, but each argument has to respect each other and should know what drives each of us to pick a side.
Here is where we should see it: "THE MIDDLE WAY".
May this dunk be the fertilizer for our growing tree.
Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu....

Anonymous said...

answering vishwajith... yes Jesus teaches those things! Who said a Christian made it? For all we know it could have been a Buddhist!!!!!

A Disciple said...

If I understand Buddhism correctly, every action has resulting consequences, also known as kamma, regardless if we like it or not.

In that sense, there is no need to try to stop the world from degrading or praising Buddhism. Furthermore, as I recalled from Buddha's Teaching, Buddha has also explicitly mentioned that there will always be somebody degrading Buddhism and somebody else praising Buddhism.

Buddha's advices, as best as I can recall from the Pali Canon, is NOT to pay attention to such statements and NOT to argue what is right or what is wrong. The reason, if I recalled correctly, is that such actions are not productive. Attention to insulting remarks will result in irritations and frustrations. Attention to praises will result in elitism and pride. Neither frustrations nor pride help one to advance in the Path.

In any case, sometime down the road, each individual will have to reap the fruits of his own karma, without the need for other people to do any interventions.

Instead, as I recall His teachings from the Pali Canon, the Buddha advised His disciples to make efforts to study the Dhamma, bear them in mind, practise as much as possible and hopefully, sometime down the road, be able to attain Enlightenment.

Note: Much as I tried to be accurate in recalling Buddha and His Dhamma, any misrepresentations are solely my own responsibilities.

sewa mobil di surabaya said...

hi everyone...
regads from me
Budha bless you

Anonymous said...

Jealous would you be. Most of Sri Lanka people are Buddhist and should be able to understand deeply what the Buddhist society is all about. There is no mean of harmful or insulting other people and other religion in any part of Buddha teaching. Living in harmony is the ways he taught. Just interesting that you with the Sri Lanka born and live do not understand what those mean. Or you are not Buddhist with a jealous mind.

Anonymous said...

very nice buddha feels very happy

Steven said...

Many of you are missing a great truth. While you condemn the use of Lord Buddhas image on a box and a bikini, you forget the beauty and perfection of that image. Would you view it differently if it were on a car, a shirt or up in lights on Las Vegas strip? Let go of the anger directed towards the creators of these articles, and practice tolerance. The Buddha was not added to these things with malicious intent, rather as art work, why damage this beautiful image with anger and hatred?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...my wild guess is, if Buddha himself read this or seen these images he may just shrugged it off and continue meditating, whatever emotions it may bring - they are all irrevelant.

Anonymous said...

there is no chance that whatsoever may be the actions of any religion towards buddhism ......no body can destroy the religion........and make the world more troublsome for themselves.....if anybody did it then...they will be destroyed like ........the taliban after the bamiyan buddhas......try to respect every religion .......and gain knowledge from every religion....no matter if any body tries to harm buddhism----they cannot do it because --THE LAWS OF THE BUDDHA ARE ETERNAL----AND MAITREYA BUDDHA WILL COME AND TEACH BUDDHISM ONCE AGAIN...........

TUNDUP said...

Stupid......
Have any software tallent person, can this be delete from website.
Please do it.

Anonymous said...

Well, This is really a good way of reminding people that there is also a language called Buddhism in this world. Though I'm from australia, IKnow that its wrong for them to combined beef and Buddha, and put him in Bikini. But, Next time, please, Dont think of it much. Yes, I know how much you'll Fell. For me the best language in the world is Buddhism, and I study lot about it. So, hasent buddha asked youall not to relay, and mimik on the same thing?

Anonymous said...

As a devout Buddhist I would not be offended or angry with this insult. I have faith that Buddhism will not be tarnished by this insult. Buddhism is still perfect. I'm just sorry for the people who do things like this, insulting something that he did not know ............. !. People who act like this with herself even she did not know. only things that garbage is what they know ....!!!

Paul said...

I can certainly appreciate what you think about the imagery here (the bikini and the Beef bag packaging). There's a lot that's already been said about this so I may repeat some of it (I really don't want to read all of the comments).
The first thing is, while Buddha taught non-attachment he taught it more literally as "equanimity". That is, the ability to see and live all things in a neutral, non-judgmental state. I struggle with this every day and I have to ask if this is something you need to ask yourself: Are you struggling with equanimity?

The second thing is, you do have a point about whether or not a Christian would even imagine putting an image of Jesus on the crotch of a bikini. The answer is most likely not. However, in this day and age of mankind where we are OVER exposed to religion, philosophy culture (and so on and on and on...) through the internet, you have to expect that there is going to be less inhibitions regarding many things. After all, a hundred years ago, it was UNTHINKABLE for a lady to have her shoulders bare (but here you didn't make a single comment about a woman in a bikini at all...only that she had an image of Buddha on it).
Religions all over the world are trashed and treated with irreverence. Why should Buddhism be any different? Christians are often considered brainwashed or crackpots (or both). Muslims are often called towel-heads and the sexual mates of goats. Many other religions are just called cults.
And, if you look closely enough you will find similar "sacrilegious" imagery everywhere about all kinds of beliefs.
In my practice, I have learned that there isn't much point in arguing and complaining about such things. It only leads to more unhappiness. And the Dalai Lama states that our goal in life is to be happy. If we are not happy, this is typically due to attachment or a lack of equanimity.
I wish you well and hope you live life well, Amila. May you find the peace you need.

Paul said...

One last thing to supplement what I just commented with is this: You stated that the Buddha was attacked historically by many different people in different ways (accused as a murderer, etc). But, you didn't mention how the Buddha managed to survive past those accusations and attacks. He didn't become angry and retaliatory or launch a campaign against them. He simply lived his life in the same way he had ever since he discovered freedom from samsara under the bodhi tree....he lived in peace and responded in kind.

Tree said...

1. Nobody should insult another religion.
2. Other religions have a right to complain.
3. They have no right to violence.
4. We can balance freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from violence.

Anonymous said...

Post a Comment On: MarGeeMar"Pro-UMNO MCA Is Anti Buddhist!"
by Anak Mami

Ven. Phra Piya Thammo,
Rumah Pangsa
Blk A-7-9- Jln Padang Tembak,
11400 Pulau Pinang,Malaysia

Dear Devotees,

Before I commence of my letter-writing toward. All of you, I would like to inform all of you that I am not satisfy with the lawyer, Dato YIP KUM FOOK due to his bad inspirit impressions because he sent an inspector to come to our Buddhist Temple Taman Desa Jaya Kepong KL to arrest me without any good reason, moreover, the lawyer, YIP KUM FOOK is not satisfy with Chief monk.

When the Chief monk had me to go to his Temple already and he went away and left me alone to take care until Chief monk come back to the Temple first and he also told me not to leave the Temple if any committees or the chairman want to chase me out, you don’t leave the Temple at all understand? Then I said, alright? To the chief monk! On the second Day, YIP KUM FOOK came to our Temple and talk to me. He tried to make some inquiry from me and he asked me, where I come from? I told him that I came from Penang.

Then, I told to the lawyer (YIP KUM FOOK, MCA Man and chairman of Buddhist Temple, Desa Jaya Kepong KL) that the chief monk came to Penang and fetch me and invited me to accompany him to go to his temple in K.L. I am not aware that YIP KUM FOOK is not in a good terms with the chief monk, chief monk already in this way, YIP KUM FOOK try to create trouble with me unnecessary. That is why, the lawyer want to chase me out of the Temple. Then I asked the lawyer, why you want to chase me out of the temple? Moreover, the Temple is not belonging to you, UNDERSATAND? Then, I asked him, who are you? I don’t know you at all, you have no right to chase me or control me at all, UNDERSTAND? You are just like a layman only. Do you know the regulations that any the chairman or committee cannot control the monks and the Nuns at all, also UNDERSTAND?

I scolded him like that. Then the lawyer (YIP KUM FOOK, Chairman of MCA Gombak) is not satisfy with me and he told me that he will called the police to come to the Temple and arrest me. I told him to go ahead and called the police to come and arrest me. I won’t run away, I said to him like that. I have done nothing wrong toward you, why you want to arrest me? He said, he doesn’t like me to stay here. I asked him, why? Again. After this he got very angry with me, then he phoned up to the police and the police came to the Temple and told me to leave the Temple.

I told to the inspector of the again, 1 am sorry, I won’t leave the Temple because the chief monk had instructed me not to leave the Temple without his consent, UNDERSTAND? Then the inspector told me to leave, again. I told him I cannot leave the Temple because the Chief Monk hasn’t come back yet. This time, the inspector got very angry with me and he took out his handcuff and try to threaten me, then I immediately show off my hands for him to lock me up but he scare, then again, the inspector told me leave the Temple again but I still don’t want to leave the Temple.

Then I phoned up to the chief monk again and I told him that the inspector insisted want to arrest me, you better come back to settle the case for me. After this incident, Chief Monk came back to the Temple and take me to go to another temple and stay there. That’s all about this incidents! Last of all, I would like to inform all of you, that no committees or the chairman can control all the monks and Nuns at all also UNDERSTAND? “They are higher than the King,” also! So how can the laymen, the committees and the chairman to control them: – EVEN THE KING ALSO RESPECTED THE MONKS AND NUNS. Why the chairman doesn’t respect the monks and nuns? They will carry the sins later on, UNDERSTAND?

Yours in Dhamma

Ven. Phra Piya Thammo
Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 04-8272710

Anonymous said...

mca man Datuk Yip kum fook anti Buddhist monk at SAMNAK SAMBODHI, TAMAN DESA JAYA, KEPONG, KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA..

Anonymous said...

親爱的佛教信士.
佛教之地,都是要善伩修守戒律, 但令人痛心的是 Samnak Sambodhi Buddhist Association No: 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya 52100 Kepong Selangor, Malaysia.三宝寺却不以身作則。他们允许缅甸外劳庆祝佳日,隨心所意,在当地杀鱼.鸡. 猪.羊及飲酒做乐,醉身萝死耒污垢佛教神聖之地.至今 已引起居民的反感。

針对以上的题,身为佛教伩徒,也是前任理事会成员,我依佛陀的教育,据理力争。但孤掌难呜,却被一手遮天,以商业利益为重的马华公会,鹅嘜区会主席叶金福(Yip Kum Fook,MCA Man), 把我排除在外,其用意, 一目了然,想完全控(Yip Kum Fook,Politic Man)制甲洞帝沙再也,三宝寺耒达到私利賺钱.现在, 他应用外耒和尚主持三宝寺,其目的,也更清楚,因为外耒者不知内幕,不能久留,无杈过向。

回顾10年前之事,由本地吉兰丹和尚仼壇主兼顾问之時, 此种现象,是不曾发生的,为何到了叶金福(Yip Kum Fook, MCA Man)的領导乏下,却帶耒如此違反佛教的文化?难怪,前仼壇主 也一声不言就远离了,必有其苦衷。

为了佛教的遵严,我不忍看它沦落为醉身耒萝死之地, 让人耻笑,在此, 我只好通过现代的管道,泣声敬请,佛教伩仰者及马耒西亜佛总能加以关注, 并给予该理事会劝导,尽速觧决此事,以免这种污点影响整体的佛教良好形象。

http://margeemar.blogspot.com/2011/01/pro-umno-mca-is-anti-buddhist.html
http://margeemar.blogspot.com/2012/02/blog-post.html

Anonymous said...

在此, 我要誠恳所以書面將实事发生在马耒西亜吉隆坡甲洞帝沙再也 (暹寺) 三宝寺. SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION NO: 19 JALAN 38 DASA JAYA KEPONG 52100 SELANGOR, MALAYSIA. 的遭遇公告大家, 我很不满意, 马华公会鹅唛區会及三宝寺理事主席那督叶金福律师, 是因為他应用悪毒傲慢的手段帶領一般外人耒挑衅践踏浄土及电招警方人员到甲洞三宝寺的神聖之地亳无理由的要警方人员强硬扣留出家人耒逹到耻辱佛教信仰者


我要强烈的在此請問我犯了什么涛天大罪而使你叶金福律师千方百計要警方人员扣留我和尚?


我耒至梹城, 初出道, 暫住甲洞三宝寺俢行, 只因看不过眼叶金福律师的為人, 无礼傲慢不可一视的态度对待壇主, 稍为講他几句而己他却採用如此下流的手段伤害出家人, 的确令人不敢恭维.


一校之長, 其学生如有犯错, 警方人员都必須先见校長去了觧实况, 才可行动, 這是一般常规.但遺憾的是. 他叶金福身为律师却反其道而行, 不依佛理而轻视佛教的精神一味要显示他是马华公会鹅唛區会及甲洞三宝寺理事会的主席, 强求要警方人員扣捕我和尚, 耒逹到其目標, 但还好,基於宗教敏感,連巫裔警方人員也懂得和尊重別人的文化習俗,不敢軽举妄动, 否則后果不敢設想.


我明白, 他马华公会區会主席那督叶金福律师大动肝火, 生氣一位担任該 (暹寺) 甲洞三宝寺將近20年的壇主, 也是自筹建三宝寺最大的功臣, 其因是师父惊觉到一个新耒的叶金福律师满囗仁義道德, 說一套做一套, 排除異己, 而理事会成员多數为其親戚家族当任, 再加上处理 (暹寺) 三宝寺钱財不透明, 除此之处, 他的行动想把佛教的浄土变为政治活動埸所, 公家修道之地, 当作私人財產。


师父看在眼裡, 以大局为重, 而善意的给予劝告, 却引起他马华公会鹅唛區会主席叶金福律师, 闷闷不乐, 坐立不安, 无法无天的反而处处为难, 并不友善的加以迫害壇主离开 (暹寺) 三宝寺


他马华公会鹅唛區会主席叶金福律师, 這种司马昭之心, 伪君子作风, 人人都知--------。你能花言巧語, 蒙蔽誤导群衆一時, 但不能欺骗一世. 佛教的因果肯定報应。


最后我也顺此祝願他醒觉, 諸悪莫作, 衆善奉行。


YOURS IN DHAMMA


VEN. PHRA PIYA THAMMO, PENANG, MALAYSIA.


也看过 http://margeemar.blogspot.com/2011/01/pro-umno-mca-is-anti-buddhist.html

Anonymous said...

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Dear Sir and Madam,

We are Myanmar group in Malaysia; we lived in Malaysia over decade and always went to one of temple(SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION) No:- 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and we were very sad and regretting with the committees of temple because they are using our monks in wrong conception of Buddhist teaching or Buddhist rules. We came to temple to help our monks and respected of our religion.
That temple is president of name:Yip Kum Fook(MCA Gombak Chairman) , that our monks said and he is invited our monks from Myanmar to in charge of that temple but without pay anything to our monks, added he and his not respecting of our monks and sometime he ordered of his people to collected item such as paper, mineral water etc. without inform any words to our monks. In our religious believed we can’t take anything of holy place, if we done we are sin.

In pervious, our monk said the committees always asked money from him, when our monks gave RM20,000.00 in cash on 2001 to the committees, then committees keep silent, later committees make problem with our monk again and cancelled of our monk Visa permit to stayed in Malaysia, then our monks( Sadayaw Nandiya) go to Australia and our monk not come that temple at long time. Datuk Yip Kum Fook(MCA Gombak Chairman) gave our monk notebook computer for to cover of that amount of money our monk said.

Many local people around temple said, now no more people come to this temple because committees is always make problem and we are heard from local people said: Yip Kum Fook(MCA Gombak Chairman) ordered of his people to put fire of Hindu Temple at Taman Daya, Kepong because he needed that place to make his business about many years ago. Everybody had known what he done for Hindu temple at Taman Daya, Kepong. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Last time also he invited police to arrest the monks at holy place(temple) and locked the temple without afraid and shameful of people because he believed committee is big and has more authority, also his son always say to people: this temple is belonging of his father. This temple donated from public, we are work hard for this Temple

This temple the committees always changed the monks, now they change the new monk to in charge of temple, this new monk also complaint the bad things of committees because committees also wait for donation box only, they without help anything to our monks. And committees controlled of our monks not to talk more or complaint more, our monks lived there as slaver and afraid of committees members.

In new building where remaining of Buddha statue marble; we have renovation of Buddha statue because that Buddha statue is put very low, we lift to highest the committees don’t like and unhappy. In our country, anyone be able to come temple to worship the Buddha but in Malaysia is different temple controlling by committees.

We hope everyone preserve of Buddhist teachings, and please safety of our monks, not see only money as this of temple. When we asked some of our people (Myanmar) and local people, the committees are very low of idea because is very narrow mind and without education of religions. And committees will not disturbing of our monks, monks are like our father to take care of Buddhism and temple is like our place of resolving of our problem.

Recently, our monk (Sadayaw Ashin Indaka original from Mandalay, Myanmar) has been staying in this temple also unhappy because the committees are not pay anything to him, he is working in hardly to advise people and we also unhappy and very sad when heard the bad news from our monks. Sometime the committees people came and shouting in the temple without have any reason and done what they need to do, our monk said, the committees of this temple don’t have Buddhist teachings in their mind, may be next time Buddhist can destroy.

From Myanmar Buddhist group in Malaysia..

Anonymous said...

VEN. ASHIN INDAKA (MYANMAR MONK) TO BE A MILLIONAIRE
Ven. Dr. Ashin Indaka (Myanmar Buddhist Monk) or who is cheated devotee money about who want to become a monk; it is needed to pay RM400 per person. Each year more than 100 people become monks on Chinese New Year (Rm400 X 100people=Rm40, 000.00), then he spends 5 years in Malaysia (Rm40000.00 x 6 years=Rm240000.00) and total another income (donation) about Million MR (Malaysia Ringgit). This is news by MEMBERS OF SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST TEMPLE (No: 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

VEN. ASHIN INDAKA (SAMI MYANMAR) UNTUK MENJADI JUTAWAN
Ven. Dr Ashin Indaka (Sami Buddha dari Myanmar) atau yang adalah hamba ditipu tentang wang yang mahu menjadi sami, ia diperlukan untuk membayar RM400 setiap orang. Setiap tahun lebih daripada 100 orang menjadi sami di Tahun Baru Cina (RM400 X 100people = RM40, 000.00), maka beliau menghabiskan 5 tahun di Malaysia (Rm40000.00 x 6 tahun = Rm240000.00) dan jumlah pendapatan lain (derma) tentang Juta MR (Ringgit Malaysia). Ini adalah berita oleh AHLI SAMNAK SAMBODHI TOKONG BUDDHA (No: 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

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Anonymous said...

I find no reason why certain (groups of) people are trying to insult a noble religion like Buddhism, either in a direct or indirect manner.

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Anonymous said...

We would like inform to all committees of SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST TEMPLE, No: 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There are so many Myanmar condemnations about when anyone wants to become the monks, who chief monk requests them to pay about RM400.00 per head.

This is one of crushing shame and exploitation because may be that cost high for Myanmar, also this is one kind of business system in Buddhist, all of us must think in correctly, Buddha went to became a monk with free of charge and he practiced to attain Enlightenment without any cent of dollar to spend, sometimes needed to referred from the Buddha times.

Buddhist Temple in Malaysia 100% supported by public. The committees of Temple, they worked as voluntary and take care of Temple with organized but in Temple not allowed to played politic because in Temple must be clean and welcome all everyone.

Recently, do bad and good must careful because everything’s huge complaint in Internet, about Buddhist teaching a lot of at Internet, sometimes we can’t tell lie to the others one.

We must help Myanmar people as they came to Malaysia to work, earn money and save money for their family at home.

We are Malaysia Buddhist must help Myanmar Buddhist, not to cheated them because they came to our country to work, we must show our good quality and our good Buddhist. Not like some committees members cheated money Myanmar monks; this is very bad Malaysia Buddhist.

Hope YIP KUM FOOK (MCA GOMBAK) realizes himself, now many people know in what he done for Buddhist, Buddhist Kamma will attack to everyone, if they do bad or good.

Ah Lee
Bukit Desa, Kepong…..

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