Friday, 10 September 2010

Buddha Bar Indonesia Part 2

As we mentioned in a previous post the Buddha Bar in Jakarta Indonesia has been threatened with closure by the Indonesian authorities as they regard it as a blasphemous use of the sacred Buddha image.

Whilst Indonesia is now overwhelmingly Muslim in religion it has in history an illustrious Buddhist past as I documented in our Buddhism 101 project about the temple in Borobudur and mirrors the Fat Buddha restaurant controversy .

Buddhists by there very nature and beliefs are hugely tolerant and non-violent in nature. Buddhism is more a philosophy and a personal road map to happiness and enlightenment than a belief in a God 'out there' to be slavishly obeyed.

The subject of selling Buddhas is also controversial to some seeing it as a design lifestyle image rather than an object of sacred devotion. At the Buddha's Face we have a simple credo we sell images of beauty and inspiration which owe their meaning ultimately to the life and teachings of the Buddha. The Buddha's teachings have at their heart the message of wisdom ,infinite love and compassion. So if by buying these images they help their owner to have a calmer more contemplative life and maybe even begin a journey to discover the man behind the images then that is a job well done and nothing to be ashamed of. It is certainly the effect they have had on me as I began this journey being captivated by their beauty and calm serenity.

Enjoy,Be Inspired !

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

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