My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

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My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:55 pm

This seems like a nice way to introduce young children to the Buddha.

What do you think?

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Kasina » Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:58 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:This seems like a nice way to introduce young children to the Buddha.

What do you think?

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Cute. I'd like one too...
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:10 pm

I like it! Looks like a possibly nice way for Dhamma propagation too as it could be a conversation piece in Buddhist homes.

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Aloka » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:32 pm

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Definately not keen on the idea of a cuddly Buddha toy myself. It looks rather like something from the Muppets.

I wouldn't be suprised if a squeaker that says "Om" got added to it eventually.


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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby waterchan » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:48 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:This seems like a nice way to introduce young children to the Buddha.

What do you think?

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Awesome! Now all they need to do is export it to Asian Theravada countries to stir up another controversy.

But seriously, I like it. Now they need to make a six-foot tall version of the plush Buddha so that I can place it standing in my living room.

Forget young children, I need one for myself, now!
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:00 pm

I think they already made a six foot version, but maybe that's just a promo version.

They also used the Dhamma Wheel Logo at the bottom of their page.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby cooran » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:01 pm

Aloka wrote:.
Definately not keen on the idea of a cuddly Buddha toy myself. It looks rather like something from the Muppets.

I wouldn't be suprised if a squeaker that says "Om" got added to it eventually.


:)

I agree with Aloka. I think it trivialises the Buddha by reducing him to a Teddy Bear status.

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:07 pm

cooran wrote:
Aloka wrote:.
Definately not keen on the idea of a cuddly Buddha toy myself. It looks rather like something from the Muppets.

I wouldn't be suprised if a squeaker that says "Om" got added to it eventually.


:)

I agree with Aloka. I think it trivialises the Buddha by reducing him to a Teddy Bear status.

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:10 pm

cooran wrote:I agree with Aloka. I think it trivialises the Buddha by reducing him to a Teddy Bear status.

With metta,
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I think the pros outweigh the cons here.I am not so sure about the tee-shirts, or other items, but this will create happy associations in the minds of young Buddhists. Later, they can understand better about reverence, and the profound wisdom of the Buddha.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Ben » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:11 pm

cooran wrote:
Aloka wrote:.
Definately not keen on the idea of a cuddly Buddha toy myself. It looks rather like something from the Muppets.

I wouldn't be suprised if a squeaker that says "Om" got added to it eventually.


:)

I agree with Aloka. I think it trivialises the Buddha by reducing him to a Teddy Bear status.

With metta,
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I agree.
As a parent, I think there is no better way to introduce Buddhism to one's children than actually walking on the path and living an exemplary life that informed by the Dhamma.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:13 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
cooran wrote:I agree with Aloka. I think it trivialises the Buddha by reducing him to a Teddy Bear status.

With metta,
Chris

I think the pros outweigh the cons here.I am not so sure about the tee-shirts, or other items, but this will create happy associations in the minds of young Buddhists. Later, they can understand better about reverence, and the profound wisdom of the Buddha.
This juvenile senior agrees with the esteemed bhikkhu on this.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby waterchan » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:23 pm

At Jhana Grove, in Ajahn Brahm's retreats, they have plush teddy bears. Anyone with heavy amounts of ill will is encouraged to meditate with a teddy bear in their lap.

Guess what the next step up is gonna be?! :D Or maybe they won't go there...

cooran wrote: I think it trivialises the Buddha by reducing him to a Teddy Bear status.


But from a 3-year-old's point of view, it's not a trivialization. It could be the next step up from a teddy bear. If you hold a plush Buddha in front of a 3-year-old and weave it into your bedtime story about kindness and harmlessness I bet they'll be more attentive.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Aloka » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:04 pm

What bizarre idea next I wonder, perhaps a cuddly Jesus and a companion plump god with detachable cloud ?

:rolleye:
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:23 pm

Aloka wrote:What bizarre idea next I wonder, perhaps a cuddly Jesus and a companion plump god with detachable cloud ?

:rolleye:
Of course the other option is jump up and down shouting "sacrilege!!!" Obviously, opinions are going to vary.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Aloka » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:49 pm

tiltbillings wrote:
Aloka wrote:What bizarre idea next I wonder, perhaps a cuddly Jesus and a companion plump god with detachable cloud ?

:rolleye:
Of course the other option is jump up and down shouting "sacrilege!!!"


Nah, my other option is to log off from the internet and have a nice cuppa tea and a sultana sponge finger cake !

Goodnight.

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby plwk » Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:48 am

What bizarre idea next I wonder, perhaps a cuddly Jesus and a companion plump god with detachable cloud ?

:rolleye:
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:21 am

Greetings,

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I think the pros outweigh the cons here.I am not so sure about the tee-shirts, or other items, but this will create happy associations in the minds of young Buddhists. Later, they can understand better about reverence, and the profound wisdom of the Buddha.

tiltbillings wrote:This juvenile senior agrees with the esteemed bhikkhu on this.

I am obliged to concur.

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:33 am

plwk wrote:
What bizarre idea next I wonder, perhaps a cuddly Jesus and a companion plump god with detachable cloud ?

:rolleye:
Seek and ye shall find
There is a big difference between the joke Jesus doll and the Buddha doll that is being used to raise money for compassionate reasons. I think the comment pointing to the positives are to the point, but as I said, opinion on this are going to vary.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Monkey Mind » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:08 am

I'd purchase one, but I still remember how offended the "real" Buddhists were when I had my coffee mug with a wheel and a Buddha quote.
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as others are, so am I."
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harm no one nor have them harmed.

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby tiltbillings » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:26 am

Monkey Mind wrote:I'd purchase one, but I still remember how offended the "real" Buddhists were when I had my coffee mug with a wheel and a Buddha quote.
Best, then, not to be a '"real" Buddhist.'
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