We’ve been living in Asia for over a decade now, and it might be the reason I am so surprised to see how Buddha has become such a Fashion Icone back home.
One don’t need to be a fervent Buddhist to know that Lord Buddha is a religious figure to many. In Thailand you can not even have a Tatoo of Buddha as it is considered as profanity. One can not even export his head – it is almost a crime.
But back home in Europe, Buddha is a star.
In my home town in Fontainebleau, a famous pastry used his face as decoration, in the middle of the candies and cakes.
Seriously … A man who preached the non attachment to pleasure ! and guess what was in front of him? A bottle of Champagne!
To me, it’s like having the Dalai Lama advertising for the special Mc Do Beef Burger!
But hey, it’s a light joke compared to the Japanese sweets “Snot from the nose of the Great Buddha”.
Next street you’ll find a tatoo shop similar to this one. It seems very akward to me. Same as if there were a drawing of the Christ on his cross. What’s the connection here? .. The Tatoo artist has a Buddha on its shirt obviously and he probably wears one on his pyjamas. Oh la la …
Buddha has become a Pop Star indeed, making Che Guevarra looks “soooo 20th century”.
Isn’t it strange that people wear figures they don’t know anything about, just for the sake of being trendy? Do any of the Buddha’s new fans know anything about the principles of Buddhism? Of Myanmar? There are definitely places where wearing a Buddha is a political statement.
The funny thing about the Buddha candies is that Buddhists objecting to the sweet on the grounds of profanity were outnumbered by Japanese … put off by the thought of eating something named after snot!
Conclusion? Why allow anger or another destructive emotion to take hold in response to something that doesn’t last longer than a relative blink of the eye? That goes against the Buddha’s teachings after all 😉