Sko wrote:Many concepts within Buddhist culture have been assimilated within more "westernized" countries and their cultures. Examples of this are yoga and buddhist philosophy self-help books. In your personal opinion as a practicing Buddhist, are you more concerned about the cultural appropriation taking place and the out-of-place misuse of Buddhist concepts or are you content and happy that any part of Buddha's teachings are helping people even outside primarily Buddhist countries?
(P.S. it's come to my attention recently that some new age Wiccan sects have begun using the chakras in their practices. This is just another addition to the list, obscure as it is.)
Well, it's not like Western culture is the first non-native one to absorb Buddhism lol.
That said, there's always a fine line, and it's a work in progress at this point. The biggest dangers right now IMO are the appropriation of Buddhism for materialistic aims, and the leaving out of big chunks of important bits.. again though it's one of those fascinating areas where figuring out what goes in what category isn't always easy.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen