Here in Thailand there are certain customs that are regarded as offensive.
Touching the head, especially with your foot is offensive.
Pointing your foot, even unintentionally, toward another person is regarded as offensive.
Sitting or standing above a monk (or a buddha statue) is regarded as offensive.
And, of course, sitting open legged like she is doing among Buddha images is considered offensive.
Personally, I don't agree with that assumption.
However, I can see where it might be offensive to some Thai Buddhists.....just based on those three things I mentioned.
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach