September 23, 2009
What do university students in an Introduction to Buddhism class say are the top ten misconceptions Americans have about Buddhism?:
1.“ Buddha” is spelled “Buddah.”
Outside the temple of the Daibutsu in Kamakura, Japan (perhaps the most famous Buddha image in the world), a sign asks visitors to display a respectful attitude in the presence of the Bhudda. One of the most important rock albums of all time, Safe as Milk by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, was released on Buddah records. The problem is the “floating h syndrome,” which often causes the leader of the Indian independence movement to be identified as Mahatma Ghandi. The culprit is the Sanskrit letter dha the aspirate d.
Read the Top Ten Misconceptions About Buddhism, from Tricycle's Fall 1998 issue.