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Postby befriend » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:39 pm

would it be considered proselytizing if I made t shirts with short Buddhist sayings like, do good refrain from evil purify the mind -buddha
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Re: t shirts

Postby Doshin » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:49 pm

befriend wrote:would it be considered proselytizing if I made t shirts with short Buddhist sayings like, do good refrain from evil purify the mind -buddha

If you where not in doubt, would you ask ?

If you are in doubt, why are you in doubt ?

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Re: t shirts

Postby Maitri » Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:02 pm

Doshin wrote:
befriend wrote:would it be considered proselytizing if I made t shirts with short Buddhist sayings like, do good refrain from evil purify the mind -buddha

If you where not in doubt, would you ask ?

If you are in doubt, why are you in doubt ?


Sorry, but I don't find responses like this to be very helpful to the question at hand. I think the OP was looking for dialogue, not pseudo Zen quips.

Concerning the OP:

would it be considered proselytizing if I made t shirts with short Buddhist sayings like, do good refrain from evil purify the mind -buddha


I don't think so. If you design a graphic tee with a quote from the Buddha and there is no comment about what another person should do, then I think it's fine. I've seen shirts with images like, "Know Jesus Know Peace, No Jesus No Peace" and "Where's Darwin Now?" with flames around it; that's a method of proselytizing as they are challenging statements to the viewer. Having a simple quote from the Dhammapada or a Dhamma inspired slogan ("Strive diligently") are pretty innocuous imho. I have a t shirt from India with the Buddha's face and Buddham Saram Gaccahmi on it and people at my yoga studio love it. :smile:

BTW I would be sure to get/check the quote from the source as there are lots of "fake Buddha quotes" running around online.

This shop http://www.redbubble.com/shop/buddhism+t-shirts has some amazing designs and I've bought other tees from them. Good quality items.
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Re: t shirts

Postby Anagarika » Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:24 pm

befriend wrote:would it be considered proselytizing if I made t shirts with short Buddhist sayings like, do good refrain from evil purify the mind -buddha


Proselytizing is really more making an affirmative effort to convert someone; it's usually thought to be an offensive act. So, making these tee shirts is not proselytizing, unless you were forcibly clothing people in them. :)

What you might get by selling, gifting or wearing such shirts are questions from others, or objections, so be ready to deal with the questions without offending or proselytizing.


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