April 23, 2010

Discount Buddha

Here's a picture contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky took on the streets of Brooklyn. I can't think of a better deal. But if you wait a few days it'll probably be free.

(c) Frank Olinsky 2010

Here's a picture contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky took on the streets of Brooklyn. I can't think of a better deal. But if you wait a few days it'll probably be free.

(c) Frank Olinsky 2010

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Armin Hanik's picture

Mistaking the picture for reality is a very basic human mechanism. Try throwing a dart at the picture of a baby...
Very interesting to investigate what exactly is going on here.
Our ability to conceptualize and create symbols is our biggest strength and one of our greatest sources of confusion.... Laughter helps!

Eda's picture

The rage in some for un-important issues ...such as the use of Buddha's image...I feel is better realized in the compassion and understanding the unique status of being human... :))

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Tom's picture

Hi Bill,
if so, you are actually in-line with the Pope. At this weekend he stated just about the same thing, calling it "dictatorship of intellectual and moral relativism". With that he actually means the disrespect for the final truth the Catholic church has to offer. With people questioning the impeccability of the message (and the Pope as the messenger). Seeking for own ways instead of accepting and not questioning things as they are (told).

Now hold on for a second and think about it. This statement is about the opposite of what we wish for ourself and you probably won't agree with him at this point.

Don't make the same mistake as the Pope - don't take the symbol for the message. You may (or may not just yet) agree that the meaning of life is not to bow your knee in respect and fear for some higher creature and worship it's symbols.

Since the symbol itself does not hold the message (or anything else), you can't show disrespect by NOT worshiping or respecting a symbol.
Furthermore: you do assume that by not showing respect for a plastic sculpture of Buddha, the seller would also show disrespect for the person of Buddha AND the message that this sculpture has for YOU personally. But these things are not really connected.

I actually was laughing hard at the fine humor hidden in this picture: the price of symbols may be dropping, but the message is always priceless.

Bill's picture

Hi Randal,

I appreciate the sentiment, but some things are really not a laughing matter because they lead to suffering. There is so much negative karma from disrespecting Buddha's holy form, I do feel sorry for these guys.

Randal Samstag's picture

Oh, Bill. More laughing practice for you. You are assigned to do a book report on The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi.Or try the Kevaddha Sutta! With metta, Randal

Bill's picture

I don't think this is funny. I can't think of a more disrespectful use of Buddha's image, treating it like some mere commodity for commercial advantage when it's an object of Refuge.

The same goes for the cover of Stephen Batchelor's new book. Disgraceful. I wonder if the guy understands anything about the refuge vows and commitments or is he just being controversial?

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