The Knowing Buddha organization have held their march to raise awareness about improper use of Buddhist symbols:
Last Saturday, 30 of June, Knowingbuddha organization had a Dhamma campaign to stop people disrespecting Buddha at JJ weekend market and Khaosan Road.
Buddhists from both Bangkok and other provinces came to join the Dhamma march, which aimed to encourage both Buddhist and non-Buddhist to beware of how to act to the Buddha both his name and his symbols properly and to emphasized that the Buddha is the father religion.
JJ market is known as the popular place where the head of the Buddha image and others of his symbols are sold as the furniture or decoration. The campaign could draw the attention of the vendors and the foreigners a lot. Some vendors who sell things near a Buddha furniture shops said out loud to admire the campaign and they also helped hand out the brochures while many Thais who came for shopping seemed ignorant and were not much eager and interested in the activity even brochures.
At Kaosan Road was more successful because many tourists were very interested in the campaign. They took photos, made a video record and joined the procession and many were eager to seriously read the brochures.
From the survey, more than 95 % agreed with our campaign. One of the tourists really agreed that the Buddha statues should not be used as furniture, on shirts, decoration especially tattoo.
The vendors along the road gave us good support; they turned down the music in order to not disturb the speech of the campaign. A Chinese tourist guy after finished reading a brochure, showed his respect by Wai (way of paying respect by putting hands together and bend head down a bit)along the march. The issue of disrespecting Buddha was spread out immediately. One of the tourists said about the procession that “ They looked so peaceful !!”
Many tourists and the news reporters said the same thing that “This campaign is a very wonderful and real Buddhist path and it is very different from others.”
Our news has been interested by several overseas media such as Reuters, AP, CNN and Wall Street Journal. They said that they had never heard about this issue before. CNN’s reporter asked why no one does such a disrespecting act to other religions in return.
Master Acharawadee Wongsakon said “If someone did so they might have no place to live because people in other religion have a strong consciousness”.
Knowing Buddha Organization is successful at the first step in encouraging people and tourists to consider the proper act to the Buddha. However, we noticed that the major of those who agree and support our idea are foreigners while most Buddhists ignore and just pray at home.
“If Buddhists still neglect like this, it might be difficult to solve this problem” said the President of the organization.
Knowing Buddha appreciated and want to express our sincere thanks to those who participated and support our march especially, those who devoted their time to help us speak out and show the gratitude to the world.
May all your spirit being recalled forever and wish you a successful live.
It was reported by some international media:http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012 ... 661093.htmhttp://uk.reuters.com/video/2012/06/30/ ... oChannel=1http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogall ... for-Buddha