Johnny Dangerous wrote:You can find every material trapping you'd need from thrift stores if that's what you want.
I can only imagine that you if you look hard enough you can find an inexpensive statue, cushion etc. For me personally that's more meaningful too, the act of finding it meaning more than the act of simply paying for it.
Konchog1 wrote:I haven't noticed the prices too much, but I do notice people who like to buy clothes and toys and play pretend. I have a neighbor who litters her house with Buddhas and Mandala Sets. She once boasted that she took the Bodhisattva vows from HHDL. Feigning ignorance I asked what the Bodhisattva vows are. She said she didn't know. When I pointed out that breaking the vows is negative karma she angrily replied "that's not my Buddhism". lol ok
Monsoon wrote:Anywho, I have a totally materialistic question: why are the trappings of buddhism so damned expensive?
Zafu/zabuton sets are a good example - priced 'in-country' at over NZ$110 despite being made of the cheapest and least durable cotton fabric.
My disappointment stems more from the fact of what seems targetted exploitation coupled with the denial of choice.
Anyone else noticed this?
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