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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby mahat » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:06 pm

We are being way too judgmental. The King of Thailand is the richest monarch on earth (that's what I read).

He has donated millions to other charitable causes and this is just one of his many gifts.

The greater beauty of the monument will lure more tourists which will help the local population who are really, really poor.

There is so much opportunity to make merit in that area by helping the locals who are in extreme poverty. You would think all the Buddhists there would help them. But alas no. We like to criticize others, but when it's our turn we fail.

Let us keep our eye on ourselves and what we do and not do. :namaste:

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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby mahat » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:52 pm

I found this wonderful link to a school in Bodha Gaya funded by donations from Buddhists around the world. The school apparently started in a monastery and now is a full fledged school and of course teaches children no matter what their religion and has teachers from every religion, wonderful viewing:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/TJ2zDmHemMA

Here's another school in the same area funded through charity:

http://www.bodhitreeeducationalfoundation.org

Yes, $15 million would have gone a long way to funding more schools…but that just lets other Buddhists have a chance. :twothumbsup:
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby lyndon taylor » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:39 pm

Well I guess $5 million in gold seems like a lot to us mere mortals, but to a hollywood celebrity its just a cheap vacation house, maybe we could convince Richard Gere to sell one of his houses and give to the poor of Bodhagaya.........
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby cooran » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:07 pm

To the poor people of Bihar it would have made life-changing difference.

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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby lyndon taylor » Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:21 pm

You have to ask yourself, if the Buddha were alive today would he vote for the gold dome?? and I think from what we know of his opinions on such in scripture, the answer would have to be a resounding NO!!
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby lyndon taylor » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:00 pm

I don't know that I would want to be quoted saying my opinion or vote on a matter is more important than the buddha's. Seems in the scriptures I remember the Buddha teaching he did not want to be honoured by stupas or statues. Are we to argue that honouring the buddha is more important than following the directions he gave??
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby lyndon taylor » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:32 pm

http://www.osho.com/library/online-libr ... 2-822.aspx

I don't know how reliable this source is, but it definetely isn't the first time I've read in the literature that the Buddha did not want to be honoured by statues or temples.
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby lyndon taylor » Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:57 pm

What about historical significance of the very old temple structure, can you imagine the uproar if someone proposed gilding the crown of the statue of liberty??
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