Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje (18.104.22.168) on April 27, 2000 at 12:01:05:
In Reply to: Decorative Buddha statues in the bars and restaurants, should they be there? posted by Sky on April 25, 2000 at 03:37:48:
Sounds like someone coming up with a marketing idea. Buddhists practice with the idea of the Buddha always being within, not outside us. I don't agree with getting upset about this. These are just statues, not something to be worshipped. If people are upset about it, their attachment to the statue should be looked at and why. If people are using the buddha's image for a living, I would hope it is for a fair and just means. I see ads for "Buddhas" in Tricycle and other "dharma publications" that are profit based too. Which is right and which is wrong. If you practice Buddhism, you'd realize that they are neither. A restaurant or a mail order company? Which is "right livelihood?" Depending on good or wrong intentions, Karma will always play the immediate and final outcome. Unless we are all enlightened beings, how can we decide?
Peace to you, Stephen
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