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

Monkey Mind wrote:I'd purchase one, but I still remember how offended the "real" Buddhists were when I had my coffee mug with a wheel and a Buddha quote.


I wouldn't worry about the so-called "real" Buddhists. My wife is traditional classical Theravadin born and raised, and she thinks it's a great idea.

Aaaaaaand my plushie sacrilege is on its way!
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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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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

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

Monkey Mind wrote:Did you go for the Tibetan gold or the Thai white?


15 cm Thai white. Even though that buddha's skin is too white and his ears a bit malformed, I liked the hair.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby binocular » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:17 am

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I think the pros outweigh the cons here.I am not so sure about the tee-shirts, or other items, but this will create happy associations in the minds of young Buddhists.

Later, they can understand better about reverence, and the profound wisdom of the Buddha.

And kill their plush buddhas ...

Aloka wrote:What bizarre idea next I wonder, perhaps a cuddly Jesus and a companion plump god with detachable cloud ?

A portable eternal hell. Maybe they could begin producing plush asuras too! That ought to be fun!


tiltbillings wrote:Of course the other option is jump up and down shouting "sacrilege!!!"

Well, this is along the lines of what I was thinking to do ...

But I've been deliberately training myself to be more appreciative of other people's interest in Buddhism, whatever it may be. I took some photos from fancy home-decor magazines - photos of people's living rooms, bathrooms (!), other spaces where they have statues and pictures of the Buddha in some very irreverent settings. And I try to see the good in that. Because previously, at some point, I just got tired of being upset over such things. Ah, I'm so nice.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby Aloka » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:08 am

binocular wrote: Maybe they could begin producing plush asuras too! That ought to be fun!


Sounds great . Devas would also be nice as Barbie and Ken substitutes - and could be modelled on the plastic angels sold in Rome. Children could then be told that this realm would be their future reward for wholesome behaviour.

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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 binocular » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:35 am

Aloka wrote:Sounds great . Devas would also be nice as Barbie and Ken substitutes - and could be modelled on the plastic angels sold in Rome.

As for angel models - how about this one:

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Although I'm not sure about how to render the flames adequately in plush.

Children could then be told that this realm would be their future reward for wholesome behaviour.

Yes, one must start early ...

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Ah, we are already conversant in the language that is about devas and angels and ghosts anyway. I don't know why some people have reservations when these are mentioned in the Buddhist context.
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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

David N. Snyder wrote: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 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

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"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.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

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

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:"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...


I hope my Buddha isn't burning when I light up that fireplace!

But point well taken, Bhante. :) the thing is, my mood tends to be naturally dull. Looking at the plush Buddha helps to inspire me and brighten up my mind.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

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

waterchan wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:But point well taken, Bhante. :) the thing is, my mood tends to be naturally dull. Looking at the plush Buddha helps to inspire me and brighten up my mind.

For me too. I cannot help smiling when I see it. Buddhānussati is recommended to brighten the gloomy mind. I was also slightly concerned that it might catch fire, but I expect it is fully fire retardant in case you drop some burning incense on it.
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Re: My First Buddha - Soft and Cuddly

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:24 am

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
waterchan wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:But point well taken, Bhante. :) the thing is, my mood tends to be naturally dull. Looking at the plush Buddha helps to inspire me and brighten up my mind.

For me too. I cannot help smiling when I see it.
It is a good thing, and it is helping a good cause.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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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.
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as others are, so am I."
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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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