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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2006 06:48:39 PM »

My family is Buddhist and I find "witty" phrases like that to be ignorant and slightly offensive. Buddha is not a god.
Also, not all Buddhas have big bellies. The big-bellied Buddha represents a man who was once handsome, but gained weight to keep the girls away so he could focus on becoming enlightened.
Hmm. I'm actually sort of mad now.

 We're all ignorant in some way or another. It's not as if she meant it to be offensive.. If I'm not mistaken, Mahayana Buddhists believe that Buddha was a manifestation of God. Whereas Theravada Buddhists believe he was human.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2006 08:32:01 PM »

My family is Buddhist and I find "witty" phrases like that to be ignorant and slightly offensive. Buddha is not a god.
Also, not all Buddhas have big bellies. The big-bellied Buddha represents a man who was once handsome, but gained weight to keep the girls away so he could focus on becoming enlightened.
Hmm. I'm actually sort of mad now.

Yeah, ditto, I'm a Buddhist too.  I get what you mean, people are stupid but instead of feeling mad, just laugh at the stupid people because they're being... stupid!  And all you stupid people, no offensive kay, but make sure you do some research before hand to aviod upsetting anymore people like aney Wink

Awesome shirt by the way.  IT made me chuckle.
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2006 09:41:16 PM »

Instead of becoming angry, or offended, aimy, you should educate people so that they know. There's no point in getting mad at someone when they don't know what your truth is. You should ask yourself why you really feel angry and upset, and meditate on it.

Also, I prefer to call it being naive than being "stupid", I think that's a rude way to put it, but I also know what your intent is by saying that, and that it's in light of the situation.

Quick education: I am also Buddhist, so this is why I made the point to say he is not a God. And really, off topic here, Buddhism generally is not a religion. There are a few sects who worship Buddha, but that came along only in recent years. Generally buddhists appreciate the Buddhas' teachings and are guided by them. It's like giving thanks when they bow. This is why Buddha is not a God. A god is a worshipped deity. A reason that most people don't know this is because in schools, Buddhism is included in the "religion" section of history, when really it's just a way of life. Which, I suppose, most religions are, if not all, but all religions worship also. And the definition of religion is changing in the dictionaries to also include "a way of life or believing", so this creates confusion. And yes, not all Buddhas are fat. And yes, there are more than one. End  of lesson

There's no malice behind the idea, it's all in good fun.

Back to crafting ---
Again, the idea of the shirt is cute, and it actually made me laugh, I just thought I would let you know the history, a little bit. Also, the smudge of paint might be curable with oxy-clean, or you could get white paint and paint over it.

And I know I'm not a mod here, but please keep the future comments constructive, and if you have a problem, PM or write in your journal (or whatever you do to vent). I know that if this goes on any further, the mods will come down on this thread. I've seen it happen many times.
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2006 10:00:53 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2006 10:41:41 PM »

thank you humblestumble, i was just about to google more on the subject.  i'm catholic, and have heard many a punchline about catholics/the trinity, etc..and i just take it with a grain of salt.  though some jokes i've even laughed at, some i thought were offensive..but i can't very well expect everyone to understand or respect my beliefs, so i opted for, "oh well..." stance. Smiley

PS. i had a picture of my dad in my mind when i saw the shirt..so i thought it was funny.
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2006 11:50:57 PM »

LOL. That reminds me of another silly phrase: "I AM in shape. A circle is a shape."
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2006 04:23:04 AM »

Instead of becoming angry, or offended, aimy, you should educate people so that they know. There's no point in getting mad at someone when they don't know what your truth is. You should ask yourself why you really feel angry and upset, and meditate on it.

Also, I prefer to call it being naive than being "stupid", I think that's a rude way to put it, but I also know what your intent is by saying that, and that it's in light of the situation.

Quick education: I am also Buddhist, so this is why I made the point to say he is not a God. And really, off topic here, Buddhism generally is not a religion. There are a few sects who worship Buddha, but that came along only in recent years. Generally buddhists appreciate the Buddhas' teachings and are guided by them. It's like giving thanks when they bow. This is why Buddha is not a God. A god is a worshipped deity. A reason that most people don't know this is because in schools, Buddhism is included in the "religion" section of history, when really it's just a way of life. Which, I suppose, most religions are, if not all, but all religions worship also. And the definition of religion is changing in the dictionaries to also include "a way of life or believing", so this creates confusion. And yes, not all Buddhas are fat. And yes, there are more than one. End of lesson

There's no malice behind the idea, it's all in good fun.

Back to crafting ---
Again, the idea of the shirt is cute, and it actually made me laugh, I just thought I would let you know the history, a little bit. Also, the smudge of paint might be curable with oxy-clean, or you could get white paint and paint over it.

And I know I'm not a mod here, but please keep the future comments constructive, and if you have a problem, PM or write in your journal (or whatever you do to vent). I know that if this goes on any further, the mods will come down on this thread. I've seen it happen many times.

Totally agree with you humblestumble, but, all religions have the p**s taken out of them. Some people just aren't enlightened  Tongue Roll Eyes

To add further fuel to the anger - you could make a shirt for a girl with the caption: I have the body of a goddess, shame it's the Venus of Willendorf...
No bashing please! I used to describe myself as that, it's just humour!
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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2006 05:07:07 AM »

My family is Buddhist and I find "witty" phrases like that to be ignorant and slightly offensive. Buddha is not a god.
Also, not all Buddhas have big bellies. The big-bellied Buddha represents a man who was once handsome, but gained weight to keep the girls away so he could focus on becoming enlightened.
Hmm. I'm actually sort of mad now.

I apologize if the shirt is offensive to you, and I assure you i didn't intend for it to be offensive to anyone!

And thanks to everyone for giving me more information on Buddhism... Unfortunately we can't all know everything.
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« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2006 07:12:12 AM »

My family is Buddhist and I find "witty" phrases like that to be ignorant and slightly offensive. Buddha is not a god.
Also, not all Buddhas have big bellies. The big-bellied Buddha represents a man who was once handsome, but gained weight to keep the girls away so he could focus on becoming enlightened.
Hmm. I'm actually sort of mad now.

 I practice Buddism also and I don't think it's really worth getting upset over.  Even though he is not considered a God it's not like it's an insult to call him one. You never know Buddah might think it's funny. I'm willing to bet he has a good sense of humor =) Being quick to get angry may be something you should meditate on. It worked for me.

And for the shirt I think I could use one. I have a Buddah belly
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2006 07:34:43 AM »

let's please keep on the topic of the shirt, not the topic of religion.  everyone needs to play nice here on craftster - there's no reason to call other stupid.  now lets get back to crafting.  thanks!
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