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Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

Postby Fede » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:51 pm

doorstop?

e-bay?

'accidentally' drop the sucker...?
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Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

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Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

Postby Tex » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:09 pm

Monkey Mind wrote:Well, it finally happened. A friend gave me a statue of Hotoi (spelling?) for Christmas. I keep an eclectic alter, but not sure what to do with this guy...


Hotei or Budai.

I'm in a slightly similar situation -- my mother, meaning well, got me a Buddhist calendar for Christmas (heh), but of course all the artwork on it is Mahayana. No idea what to do with it!
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Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

Postby Fede » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:49 pm

Actually guys, I have two statues of HoTei (or whatever....) and a Buddhist calendar probably exactly like yours, Tex, and I ask myself....
Does it really matter all that much?
They were given with the kindest of intentions, with affection, so perhaps it would be better to accept them gratefully, and simply use them in the nicest possible way, as you see fit...
After all, everything falls away.....
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:24 pm

Fede, I don't disagree with you. I am honored that someone thinks enough of me that they made the effort to gift me something "Buddhisty". But it does put me in an awkward position: telling the person Hotei is not really Buddha would feel ungrateful and might embarrass the giver, but not saying something perpetuates misconceptions.

Mahayana art is often very beautiful. If it were me, I'd keep the calendar or regift it to someone.
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as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

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Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

Postby dspiewak » Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:21 pm

Perhaps re-christen the statue as a monument to kalyanamittata? I think the intention was a very noble one, and I would be touched if someone did that for me.

FYI I actually know a Theravada bhante who displays a Hotei statue in an office at the monks' residence. It inspired a good discussion on Buddhahood and future Buddhas.
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Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

Postby Fede » Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:58 pm

Monkey Mind wrote:Fede, I don't disagree with you. I am honored that someone thinks enough of me that they made the effort to gift me something "Buddhisty". But it does put me in an awkward position: telling the person Hotei is not really Buddha would feel ungrateful and might embarrass the giver, but not saying something perpetuates misconceptions.

Mahayana art is often very beautiful. If it were me, I'd keep the calendar or regift it to someone.

look at it this way.
We're all (aspiring) Buddhas, and the gift was given to you in kindness, consideration, love and sincerity.
How can it not represent Buddha to you?
The Jewel is in the Lotus.
Maybe he ain't Buddha, but he's a coulda-Buddha.....!!

I realise you feel you'll have to tell them, but that doesn't mean you need to do it immediately, necessarily....Bide your time, tell them when it's appropriate..... That time will come.
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: Saying "I am a Buddhist"

Postby Potato » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:44 pm

Monkey Mind wrote:Well, it finally happened. A friend gave me a statue of Hotoi (spelling?) for Christmas. I keep an eclectic alter, but not sure what to do with this guy...

Hotei is a pretty interesting guy in his own right. I have several Hotei statues and use them as reminders that happiness is possible. :)

YMMV, of course.
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