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My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby waterchan » Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:29 am

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Monkey Mind » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:49 am

Did you go for the Tibetan gold or the Thai white?
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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: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby waterchan » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:12 am

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Aloka » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:20 am

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Oh my goodness, what's this ? My first teacher ?


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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby kirk5a » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:43 pm

I wonder what does the parent say to the child when giving them "my first Buddha" ? That's the story I'd like to hear. Is this a figure to pray to? Is this a special figure, somehow different than my first Elmo? Why? Are they taught not to treat it in a disrespectful manner? Don't play tug of war with it with the dog? Does that matter? How complicated or confusing does this seemingly innocent stuffed figure rapidly become? I think children can be exposed to the actual teachings of the Dhamma in ways that will actually help with the unique sufferings of childhood, which I remember well. I'm not sure about this thing. For the child, it has no context, except as being similar to other toys, unless the parent is skillful in providing that context.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Feathers » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:21 pm

Personally I don't like the idea of pushing religion on children, however soft and cuddly it may appear.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:28 pm

It's not just for kids of young ages. It can be a nice gift for older kids too. I ordered one for a juvenile senior (me). It can be a nice decoration, not necessarily 'forcing any religion' on anyone.

I ordered the Tibet gold color as I like that color better.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Ben » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:33 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby waterchan » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:42 pm

My soft and cuddly plush Buddha arrived today! I put him in a nice, warm place.

Come to think of it, this is the first time I've had a plush toy. As a boy, I was into action figures, not plush toys.

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby gavesako » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:08 pm

I wonder if they are promoting it at http://xm.buddhafair.com/en/
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:02 pm

The Fire Sermon

"Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?

"The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of hate, with the fire of delusion. I say it is burning with birth, aging and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with griefs, with despairs.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby waterchan » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:45 pm

quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:56 am

• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby fivebells » Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:07 pm

As Ananda said, "This body comes into being through craving [for frivolous plush toys]. And yet it is by relying on craving [for frivolous plush toys] that craving is to be abandoned."

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:45 pm

I confess, I ordered one too.

Once upon a time, I had a large plush animal collection. I donated them all when I downsized. But I figured, I can allow myself just one plush Buddha, no?

And yes, his smile is infectious.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby waterchan » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:03 pm

Well that means you don't get the bragging rights that I do.

"Dude, my first plush toy was a Buddha, man!"

Not that anybody cares.
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