OregonBuddhist wrote:I don't know if the title makes any sense, and I don't remember the exact quote. But a member of this forum (I think it was Queequeg) posted a while ago that in the West there is a conflict in mixing spirituality with the material. There was some reference made as follows: people were selling figures of the Buddha next to Buddhist sacred sites, and this is fine by most standards in the East, but a Westerner is likely to find this shocking or offensive. I think a reference was made to the West's aversion to "mixing the sacred and the profane." I don't recall the exact words or thread where this took place, but it's rankled around in my mind for some time and I was wondering if anyone could elaborate on this topic -- because I find it very interesting.
rory wrote:Sorry but you are entirely mistaken it's not the "West's" problem it's a specifically Christian problem. I'm Jewish and Jewish people have no problem having material things and being spiritual, we're not brought up to think that those things are 'evil' or it's swell to be poor and uneducated; I really cannot understand such a pov, it's just plain bizarre. I'm just not terribly attached to those material goods; it's just stuff.
So re-examine your cultural premises before making these statements about 'The West' We're not all Christians.
As Illaraza said paying lots of dollars for the Dharma and making money off it is absolutely wrong. My senseis both teach the dharma for free and aren't paid for it. They do it out of a sincere desire to help suffering human beings.
My perspective is that Nichiren Buddhism gets "bashed" for something that I think is representative in the Asian cultures: focusing on being successful and happy in the material world.
jeeprs wrote:My perspective is that Nichiren Buddhism gets "bashed" for something that I think is representative in the Asian cultures: focusing on being successful and happy in the material world.
Camel in the eye of a needle, that kind of thing.
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