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Buddha to Buddha

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Buddha to Buddha

Postby pedro1985 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:43 am

What do you think about http://www.buddhatobuddha.com ?

It's a fashion brand which uses "Buddha" as their brand symbol. In the newspaper this morning I read the fashion brand is organising a party and their slogan for their Buddha party is: "Have fun, Eat, Listen, Dance and Enjoy your evening. Nothing is obligatory. Everything's possible. Be yourself and anything can happen!" It's a party that promotes the use of alcohol, and all other things that Siddharta Gautama told his followers to stay away from.

I remember the Arab world getting angry about a cartoon about their profet. So am curious what most of you think of this fashion brand using the name of Buddha to promote these things. In the party room they place a big statue of a sitting buddha and offering entertainment, alcohol and all such things. Seems like making fun of the Buddha's teachings and using his reputation to make money.

See image: http://www.sabinek.nl/blog/wp-content/u ... buddha.jpg

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Re: Buddha to Buddha

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Mar 11, 2011 7:50 am

My guess is that their misuse of the Buddha's image is more likely ignorance and disrespect than outright malice.
If it was in my part of the world, I would probably object to the business owner, but I wouldn't go much beyond that - there are much more important things to worry about.
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Re: Buddha to Buddha

Postby nathan » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:07 pm

Nice party, I'll have a ginger ale and a sparkler.
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Buddha to Buddha

Postby Fede » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:27 pm

The Buddha was a man, not a God.
I think, were he alive today, he'd shrug it off, pretty much like any sensible person would, caught in the headlights of Mistaken identity.

I mean, these things come, they stay a while then they go....

It's all just another day in the life of....

I think turning up to the party and making a fuss, would just make "you" look a bigger idiot.

Things like this thrive on attention.

so?
Ignore it.

best thing.
Otherwise a mere bagatelle of an irritation becomes a major pain in the profundis.
And all because "you" got a little bit indignant over it.....
"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: Buddha to Buddha

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Re: Buddha to Buddha

Postby pedro1985 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:13 pm

yeah, I think it's best just to ignore it and let it be. I will look at it as an opportunity to practice unattachment to images or symbols related to the buddha. It's rather silly indeed to get annoyed by it.

Though I don't think that many people will look up his teachings when they see the statue of the buddha. In fact, where I live there are a lot of stores that sell drugs legally and the buddha statue is a symbol connected to the use of drugs here. Many people have buddha statues here at home. Sometimes I ask people why do they have the statues, and they say it looks cool and when they use the drugs then they look at the buddha and feel connected to the buddha, because when you are on drugs then you are in the "buddha-zone".

When I ask them what the buddha teaches, they think it has to do with the use of drug and that he is some sort of god with superpowers, and when I tell them what he really teached, then they say that it is really stupid teaching.

Sometimes I get bothered by it, because the teachings are important to me and it gives a foundation to my life. Sometimes I can get offended by how the statues of the buddha are used by others. But then everytime such a feeling arises, I will repeat parts of suttas in my mind silently to help remind me that I should use this as an opportunity to practice the Dhamma. So, I guess in a way it is good that people use the statues in a disrespectful way.

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Re: Buddha to Buddha

Postby Bodhisurfer » Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:47 pm

I note with a wry smile that on their web page there is a little sentence that says:
'Please be aware that items in the collection of Buddha to Buddha are protected by copyright worldwide.
Buddha to Buddha will not hesitate to protect the interest of the company, its employees and its investments.' :thinking:

I dont think that the company is making fun of Buddhism, more just trying to associate itself and its products with the alternative 'cool' culture that often claims to follow Buddhism.

I agree with the previous posters that its a shame to see the Buddha's image used to promote things that are very un-buddhist but are'nt we in the time when the Dhamma is suposed to be lost? And did'nt the Buddha discourage the use of images?
Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya

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buddha 2 buddha

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Re: Buddha to Buddha

Postby Dan74 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:30 pm

I am not fussed at all. We are talking about jewelry here, items that either most of us here or our partner use. Nothing evil. I don't feel I own the word "Buddha" and if they want to use it, if people use Buddha statues to prop their doors, etc what can I do? I don't worry about these things.
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