Huseng wrote:There are occasionally people who insist that white people can't be Buddhist.
Knotty Veneer wrote:This is a question for Buddhists in the West. Have you ever encountered prejudice? Whether from people of other religions or from official sources. Do people consider you flaky, unserious or possibly a member of a cult?
Adamantine wrote:Well, mostly from certain family members ironically... especially sarcastic remarks like "that's not very Buddhist of you" while trying to manipulate a particular course of action
Jikan wrote:Huseng wrote:There are occasionally people who insist that white people can't be Buddhist.
I understand that black folk get that too from time to time, from more than one direction (at least in the US)
Knotty Veneer wrote: However, the number of black Buddhists I have met in twenty years I could count on the fingers of one hand.
steveb1 wrote:There's a fundamentalist attitude sort of floating around that Buddha is a "pagan god" or that he existed and didn't mean any harm, but he was still a sinner who needs to be redeemed by Jesus. For them, the only sinless person was Jesus - everyone else, including Buddha, is a Hell-bound sinner. So Buddhists, like Buddha, need Jesus or they'll go to Hell...
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