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    Khao San Road : Buddhist March - 30 June

    Buddhists March in Bangkok to Speak Out to the World to Stop Disrespecting Buddha
    Tue, Jun 26, 2012

    The KnowingBuddha Foundation is preparing a major march in Bangkok on 30 June, to show their respect for Buddha and to show how so many are disrespecting Buddha.

    The KnowingBuddha Foundation is preparing a Buddhist March - the first time in history - on 30 June, in one of the Bangkok's most famous streets, Khao San Road, to speak out against the improper usage of Buddha's image in the modern world.

    After being quiet for a long time on how the world uses Buddha's images and name in a disrespectful way, reportedly, Buddhists will be no be longer be quiet.

    The Knowing Buddha organization is gathering a large group of Buddhists who don't want to be quiet any longer, and there message to the world is "Stop Disrespecting Buddha."

    The March will contain signs to show that Buddha is their father religion, and they will show how the world should treats Buddha with a variety of signs.

    The high light of the March will be the enormous size signs depicting "Enough" on the Buddha Bar picture also the sign "No!" on the Disney movie "Snow Buddies" which use Buddha's name as a Dog.

    Reportedly, there are many others business who using Buddha' images in commerce, and this will be reflected in the march.

    The KnowingBudda organization's purpose of the march is to improve awareness in the world, about how not to treat Buddha's images and name improperly.

    The KnowinBudda organization is non-profit charity, based in Thailand.

    Mrs Acaharavadee Wongsakon, the foundation president, indicates that Buddha is the prophet of their religion and that it's fairly common that people should give respect to Buddha like other religious leaders - but if not, there should be no disrespect.

    Mrs. Acharavadee Wongsakon, the Meditation master who is the founder and the President of Knowing Buddha organization said, "As a Buddhist, to love peace and tranquility dosen't mean you should not do what's right.

    We've been too quiet on these matters until the world misunderstood or forgot who Buddha is.

    The Buddha image is not meant for tattoo, furniture, any kind of logo, or to be used as merchandise.

    Once Buddhists see Buddha's image or sculptures they will immediately be reminded of his teachings and compassion; not how much money they can make or how much joy they can receive."

    The organization notes that the Buddha Bar is the worst example that they have come across of shameless disrespect that encourages the world to follow their path.

    They urge them to stop using his name and symbol in their business.At the same time, the organization asks Disney to ask o stop using Buddha as a dog's name in their movie.

    The KnowingBuddha foundation, indicates that the world have gone too far on these matters, but they have just started their work, and we will persist until the world is no longer using Buddha's image improperly.

    The march is called 'Dharma Gratitude' and it will start at 5pm on Saturday June 30th, at Khao San Road in Bngkok Thailand.

    The multi-nation tourists and the world will witness the Buddhist march in a way they have never seen.

    It will be truly unique and loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    The organization notes that the Buddha Bar is the worst example that they have come across of shameless disrespect that encourages the world to follow their path.
    http://teakdoor.com/thailand-and-asi...ts-liking.html (Jakarta : Buddha Bar Not to Buddhists Liking ; Owners to be sued)

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    Quote Originally Posted by news
    Once Buddhists see Buddha's image or sculptures they will immediately be reminded of his teachings and compassion; not how much money they can make or how much joy they can receive."
    Is this piece written for "Not The Nation"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    The KnowingBuddha Foundation
    Buddha Biography

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post

    The KnowingBuddha Foundation
    Is this somehow related to Alan Partridge ? Ah ha...

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    buddhist

    Maybe if they acted respectful, people wouldn't disrespect them so much.

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    I imagine they'll be showing off their most expensive amulets to each other on the march.............muppets...... these people are Buddhist more by name than practice, I foresee a march by hi-so ladies with big bouffants and too much time on their hands.....has anybody explained to them that buddhism isn't a religion but a philosophy and it doesn't need protecting (except from old ladies with big bouffants and too much time) .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    The high light of the March will be the enormous size signs depicting "Enough" on the Buddha Bar picture also the sign "No!" on the Disney movie "Snow Buddies" which use Buddha's name as a Dog.
    Its a bit of a shame that non of them have the intelligence to go buy an etymological dictionary, because then they would discover that:

    buddy
    1850, Amer.Eng., possibly an alteration of brother, or from British colloquial butty "companion" (1802), itself perhaps a variant of booty in booty fellow "confederate who shares plunder" (1520s). But butty, meaning "work-mate," also was a localized dialect word in England and Wales, attested since 18c., and long associated with coal miners. Short form bud is attested from 1851.
    and they would not look like a a bunch of religious nutters getting upset about a squiggle on a nike trainer.

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    Watch how many hippy farungs get out and join the march. Shall be fun.

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    As Buddhists they should simply ignore the problem and it will go away

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    Christian fundamentalists. Muslin funadmentalists. Hindu fundamentalist. These guys seem jealous of this.

    Non-attachment? Middle path? Question everything?

    Nah , that's no fun.

    Good comment, neo.

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    Neo's got it right. That seems to be the teaching of Buddha or that's what people think. Their thinking gives a whole new meaning to "turn the other cheek."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Once Buddhists see Buddha's image or sculptures they will immediately be reminded of his teachings and compassion; not how much money they can make or how much joy they can receive.
    didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

    Buddha Biography.
    at the bottom of the introduction it says
    " Things are so impermanent "
    this is the problem as i've mentioned in another post.
    the Impermanent and the Permanent.
    the Impermanent being what's happening in this life
    and the Permanent being,, the future or after-life.
    the Illusion that most people live with.
    using 'time and measurement' in the psychological for a desired situation in the future or after-life.
    if you can dump this illusion then you will have more 'energy' to deal with or handle 'the impermanent' The here and now.
    the permanent is the illusion.

    things are so impermanent that we need to prepare for the future, the permanent,
    is a false-hood.

    not trying to upset any buddhists out there
    maybe you have a different take on it.

    holding this march on khaosan rd. at 5pm on a saturday !"£$%^.
    if someone is using the buddha image in a seemingly disrespectful way
    then go roun there and say summit.
    why a march ?

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    Buddhists Successfully March to Declare to World: Stop Disrespecting Buddha.
    July 01, 2012

    A large group of Buddhists marched in Bangkok on 30 June, to raise awareness about the many disrespectful acts toward Buddha. Many tourists were eager to learn more on the busy Khao San Road.

    The Knowing Buddha organization marched to tell the world to ‘Stop disrespecting Buddha’ at Chatuchak weekend market and at Khao San Road. A large group of Buddhists from Bangkok and upcountry, readily walked holding signs to raise awareness to Buddhists and foreigners of the proper treatment to Buddha, and not to let the world forget that Buddha is a prophet of the world.

    Chatuchak weekend market (also called JJ market), which is renowned for the market of Buddha’s images, sculptures and symbols used as paintings and furniture, was the main destination that the organization asked for cooperation in helping raise awareness of this issue.

    The organization received much interest from merchants and foreigners in the market. Some merchants that had their shops close to those selling Buddha images and statues as furniture, were delighted to help - giving out brochures and praising the campaign.

    Some Thai's unaware of the event content continued shopping, and were seemingly afraid that if they took brochures, they would have to donate money.

    There was much more openness to the march and success for the cause, in the tourist hot-bed of Khao San Road. Many tourists gave their attention and interest in the march, taking pictures and videos as well as joining the parade and attentively reading the brochures.

    After sending some people from the organization to ask the tourists’ point of view - undercover and anonymously - - 95% of the feedback was good. Most agreed with the campaign that Buddha should not be used as furniture, T-shirts, or any decorative items, or tattoos. Even street vendors and merchants were supportive throughout the whole walk until the end of the street, turning down their music volume for the campaign’s speech to be heard. A Chinese man, held the brochure and walked along the parade with his hands up - as if praying - making a ‘wai’ all throughout the parade.

    The issues of the disrespecting of Buddha images and symbols were hotly debated on Khao San, by both locals and tourists. One tourist said “their signs seem so unhappy but the people look so peaceful. In fact, I have never seen so peaceful a march for anything, ever." One French couple agreed with the mystery shopper, that The Buddha Bar in Paris is disrespectful, and they said they could not imagine such a bar with another prophet being allowed. They said the French would never allow that. A tailor said that he agreed with the sentiment of the march, that people should not wear T-Shirts with Buddha image or have jeans with his image on them. One American agreed that the Buddha image is too often used as furniture, who said, "I know people who have Buddha sculptures throughout their house, on the floor, with many of them, as just portions of the Buddha head."

    Both tourists and news reporters said that the campaign’s march was impressive and never before have they seen such clarity.

    This news has been widely spread out to international media such as Reuters AP, CNN-go, Wall Street Journal, which have all mentioned that this issue has never been raised before amongst Buddhists. A CNN reporter asked the president of the organization "Why don't people treat other father religions as so many do to Buddha?" Acharavadee Wongsakon replied, "because if someone does, they would not have a place to stand in the world; people with other religions have a very strong conscience and speak out strongly."

    Knowing Buddha organization, have had their first successful step to raising conscience and awareness for tourists in the proper way to treat Buddha’s images and symbols. But sadly, most of the people who paid attention and gave interest were foreigners, while many Buddhists gave little attention, seeming to ignore the issue. “If Buddhists continue to ignore this issue, the solution to solving the problem of disrespecting the Buddha image, would be very hard to achieve” said the president of Knowing Buddha.

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    I bet there was loads of Grungers down there marching.

    obviously with their cool/rad budda tats covered!!

    Peace!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Some Thai's unaware of the event content continued shopping, and were seemingly afraid that if they took brochures, they would have to donate money.
    Well that sums it up nicely.
    The Thai Budhists thought they would have to donate money.


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    Thais don't have a fucking clue about Buddhism. Idiots, the lot of them. One major thing the Buddha said was not to worship his likeness, so how can they complain about a T-shirt having a supposed likeness of him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Thais don't have a fucking clue about Buddhism. Idiots, the lot of them.
    moot point, but you can say that about vast majority of religious types around the world.

    I thought they were mostly banging on about some crap disney film about a dog called buddy

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    Plenty of Thai Buddists making a quick ( or long time ) livelihood selling on this garb. Smacks of hypocrisy to me.

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