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Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?

 
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Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
I've never been to a Mexican or Brazilian restaurant with a picture of Jesus on the window. But for some reason I see many Thai, Japanese and Cambodian restaurants with Buddha as part of their logo.

Do Asians have no reverance for Buddha, or do they want money so bad that they need his icon to sell food?

Curious asian food eater wants to know!
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
I've never been to a Mexican or Brazilian restaurant with a picture of Jesus on the window. But for some reason I see many Thai, Japanese and Cambodian restaurants with Buddha as part of their logo.

Do Asians have no reverance for Buddha, or do they want money so bad that they need his icon to sell food?

Curious asian food eater wants to know!
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i guess buddha didn't have any rules about creating graven images....
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
I've never been to a Mexican or Brazilian restaurant with a picture of Jesus on the window. But for some reason I see many Thai, Japanese and Cambodian restaurants with Buddha as part of their logo.

Do Asians have no reverance for Buddha, or do they want money so bad that they need his icon to sell food?

Curious asian food eater wants to know!
 Quoting: pizzaface


i guess buddha didn't have any rules about creating graven images....
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hahaha. n1!!
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
Speaking as a practicing Buddhist, my attitude towards the Buddha and images of the Buddha differs greatly from that that the average Christian has towards Christ and images of Christ. I think that Christians generally think that life here on earth sucks. Why else would they be so eager to get to heaven?

Firstly, I love the Buddha because he lived and taught. Unlike Jesus who had a tough time teaching what he knew, Buddha had plenty of intelligent students who asked him all kinds of questions for forty-five years. I love that SOMEONE taught what Buddha taught. I never met him but he appears to have had limitless wisdom and compassion.

Secondly, I love what Buddha taught. His teachings are not for everyone but they are for me. His teachings have been grouped into three sets for different types of people. For those hurting inside he gave teachings on karma. But he did not emphasize what we did to get where we are but rather, that we are able to change our course and get rid of our own psychological suffering. That is, through meditation we can achieve joy and happiness in every day life.

To those that were a bit more solid and willing and able to help others he gave teachings on wisdom and compassion. He taught that the Universe is a Totality, is an indivisible One that refuses to even be counted that way. His teachings accord greatly with the findings of modern physics and philosophy. Buddhism is actually not a set of beliefs but a set of methods to decondition the mind. He wanted us to look at our own mind for our own damn selves. A real Buddhist has no beliefs outside experience whatsoever (are those even beliefs?).

We have so many preconceived notions about Reality, don't we? I mean, if you think about it we have so many theories about what stuff is but we don't actually know but we act like we know. "Why do things fall down?" "Because of gravity!" See what I mean? We don't know why things fall down, they just do. That objects attract each other? Yeah, it's a pretty good THEORY. More importantly, we have many ideas about "self" and "other" that Buddhism says are false.

And another group of people he taught meditation methods that were meant to accelerate the understanding of his teachings, which are a long, winded way of saying that love is everything! We are all Buddha and to seek the real Buddha outside ourselves is a mistake. We are all inside like shiny, radiant diamonds, glowing with love and joy but with a bunch of dirt caked on that's keeping it from showing.

Who is right? Well, Buddha's dying words were, "Don't believe anything just because I said it, check it out for yourself that it meets your own experience. Be your own guiding light."

So when we Buddhists see a Buddha statute or picture we don't think that we are hopeless sinners in need of redemption from an outside source but shiny diamonds who actually do feel love and compassion towards all sentient beings (well, most of the time, anyway) and there is no God anywhere who can tell us otherwise. Buddhas, like Life and Everything are beautiful.
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
they pimp the buddha because just like all the other nations, they don't have a G_D.
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
they pimp the buddha because just like all the other nations, they don't have a G_D.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 917351


Buddhists don't go around fondling alter boys and pimping their daughters into monarch programs.

Nuff said.

Supposed Christians and Catholics do.
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
I've never been to a Mexican or Brazilian restaurant with a picture of Jesus on the window. But for some reason I see many Thai, Japanese and Cambodian restaurants with Buddha as part of their logo.

Do Asians have no reverance for Buddha, or do they want money so bad that they need his icon to sell food?

Curious asian food eater wants to know!
 Quoting: pizzaface


"Buddha" is not a person or thing, those are just statues
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
I've never been to a Mexican or Brazilian restaurant with a picture of Jesus on the window. But for some reason I see many Thai, Japanese and Cambodian restaurants with Buddha as part of their logo.

Do Asians have no reverance for Buddha, or do they want money so bad that they need his icon to sell food?

Curious asian food eater wants to know!
 Quoting: pizzaface


The Buddha and Jesus are completely different. Reverence to a holy person, like Jesus is to Christians, is quite different to the reverence and symbolism, of a mortal teacher like the Buddha. The symbol of the Buddha reminds the trades person to adhere to the principles of Buddhism in his business, and it wishes good fortune upon the enterprise, sort of like a prayer.
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
The Buddha was a deadbeat dad.

If you meet him on the road, turn him in.


(No, I'm not a Xtian fundie!)

If you are a buddhist, it's a zen thing.

You may or may not "understand".

Last Edited by misterx on 04/06/2011 02:23 AM
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
I've never been to a Mexican or Brazilian restaurant with a picture of Jesus on the window.
 Quoting: pizzaface


And you've never seen a crucifix either?
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
The Buddha was a deadbeat dad.

If you meet him on the road, turn him in.


(No, I'm not a Xtian fundie!)

If you are a buddhist, it's a zen thing.

You may or may not "understand".
 Quoting: misterx


Deadbeat dad? You did not read enough to see what he had done for his wife and son.
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
The Buddha was a deadbeat dad.

If you meet him on the road, turn him in.


(No, I'm not a Xtian fundie!)

If you are a buddhist, it's a zen thing.

You may or may not "understand".
 Quoting: misterx


Deadbeat dad? You did not read enough to see what he had done for his wife and son.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 994162


It goes, 'if you meet the buddha in the road, kill him'.....

The idea is to focus on the teaching, because if you focus too much on the aura surrounding the teacher you may miss the teaching. So a little irreverence can be healthy because it can let you see past the veneer of adulation and celebrity to the essence of the work.
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
there are many forms of buddha. fat happy just stuffed my face buddha is one of them.

you see more, jesus , joseph and mary merchandise.

havent yet seen a statue of the christian god.

theres a big pine cone. silver ball and peacocks statue in the main courtyard at the vatican.

any catholics know what they mean?
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
The Buddha was a deadbeat dad.

If you meet him on the road, turn him in.


(No, I'm not a Xtian fundie!)

If you are a buddhist, it's a zen thing.

You may or may not "understand".
 Quoting: misterx


Deadbeat dad? You did not read enough to see what he had done for his wife and son.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 994162


He abandoned them in his twenties.

Materially, they were well provided for.

But those are not the only duties of a husband and father in Hinduism, and I do not think it responsible even as a non-Hindu.

But why do you feel he needs your defense? He is dead for one thing.

Do you think I am attacking him?

"He was a man, take him for all in all."

Shakespeare

Last Edited by misterx on 04/06/2011 03:13 AM
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
The Buddha was a deadbeat dad.

If you meet him on the road, turn him in.


(No, I'm not a Xtian fundie!)

If you are a buddhist, it's a zen thing.

You may or may not "understand".
 Quoting: misterx


Deadbeat dad? You did not read enough to see what he had done for his wife and son.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 994162


It goes, 'if you meet the buddha in the road, kill him'.....

The idea is to focus on the teaching, because if you focus too much on the aura surrounding the teacher you may miss the teaching. So a little irreverence can be healthy because it can let you see past the veneer of adulation and celebrity to the essence of the work.
 Quoting: VivianV


You've got it.

I just tweaked it a bit, to give it a little punch in the modern era.

Last Edited by misterx on 04/06/2011 03:14 AM
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Re: Why do Asians pimp the Buddha?
Zen is not the only form of Buddhism, or even the most popular.

Westerners are attracted to extreme austerity and iconoclasm of Zen. But most buddhism as actually practiced is devotional (Especially forms related to Amida Buddha).
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Zen is not the only form of Buddhism, or even the most popular.

Westerners are attracted to extreme austerity and iconoclasm of Zen. But most buddhism as actually practiced is devotional (Especially forms related to Amida Buddha).
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1130777


True, Zen ('Sun' Buddhism here in Korea, where it is the prevalent form of Buddhism) is not the only form of Buddhism, nor is it the most popular worldwide.

As for austerity, I'm not necessarily keen on that myself, though I think there are countercurrents in Zen tradition you are overlooking. And, yes, the iconoclasm definitely appeals to me: it is a hallmark of an open, free, and flexible mind IMO.

If you prefer "devotional" Buddhism, more power to you, but even the Theravadins would say the teaching ("Dhamma" or "Dharma" is more important than the man ("Gautama Buddha"), his images and any othert past or future "Buddhas" and their images.

The near idolatry of say, "Pure Land" school, does not necessarily represent "Buddhism" as a whole either, BTW. However, there is much I admire in some schools of it, such as the emphasis on faith.

But I see no need for such a monolithic "Buddhism" anyway.

Whatever floats your boat.

Last Edited by misterx on 04/06/2011 03:38 AM
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