Stop Disrespecting Buddha

I admit that I am not a religious person. A lot has to do with my upbringing, but that’s not the point here.  But nevetheess, I do have high respect for others’ religious beliefs.

Thailand is a Buddhist country, >90% of Thais are Buddhist. I guess, that’s why Thailand is being called as a “Buddha Land.”

5000s.org is a Bangkok-based group, and they have been preaching to respect Buddha for many years. Their mission is to provide better understanding about what should and should not do to the Buddha. They say that they often find that Buddha is not treated with respect, and many people overlook the feelings of billions of Buddhists around the world.

There were also protests held by Knowing Buddha organization in Bangkok few years ago, and CNN covered it here.

I am not clear on the connection between 5000s.org and Knowing Buddha, but essentially they preach the same thing: RESPECT Buddha images.

They appeal for mankind to treat Buddha’s images appropriately:

  • NOT Merchandise: Do not buy or sell Buddha.
  • NOT Decoration: Do not use Buddha as a decoration item.
  • NOT Tattoo: Do not tattoo an image of Buddha onto the body.

 

Using Buddha as a decoration item is a BIG no-no

You wouldn’t see images of Jesus and other Christian icons being treated the same, so why would images of Buddha are being treated differently?

If you want respect, give respect!

For more info, here is Knowing Buddha‘s website and here is 5000s.org‘s website.

 

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

One thought on “Stop Disrespecting Buddha

  • April 20, 2017 at 10:08 am
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    yea horrible tourists, stop buying things we try to sell you on every single street.

    you so bad . just leave money and go home.

    not unnasatan ou culchurrr

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