Fitz wrote:I think that respect for Buddha images can be an important part of practice. Personally, reciting the refuges and the five precepts daily in front of a Buddha statue has always reminded me to act morally and keep up meditating. The fact that monotheist religious symbols are generally treated with more respect is worrying, but I'm more worried that all this activity opposing disrespect of the image of the Buddha is distracting energy from actually practicing.
What are you going to do to stop a person from disrespecting Buddha images that is in line with non-harm and metta and letting go? Protests seem like they would cause anger, or else be motivated by anger. Legislation and police force should clearly be off the table. Asking very nicely and educating is the only possible way, but I doubt that would deflect any profitable business venture or reach mainstream culture in any signifigant way.
In the end, putting all this energy into having others respect Buddha images would be trying to control circumstances out of our control, and will end up in dissatisfaction and (to definitively tie this back to the Dhamma) suffering.
Thank you, well said/written.
I have been planning to formulate a post in this tread for some time, now I don't have to.