Monday, 11 May 2015

College bans Swastika for Buddhists

Hitler Youth?

No, it's  Buddha's Birthday Celebration...

South Koreans celebrate Buddha's Birthday with a Lantern Procession


More Pix and article at the Vancouver Sun

Transcultural shock 

Isn't it strange how a particular symbol can produce an immediate gut reaction of horror and menace in Westerners (at least those of a certain age), and yet seem completely innocent to people of another culture?

The swastika has been an auspicious symbol in Buddhism for 2500 years, long before the Nazis appropriated it for their own evil purposes. But this hasn't stopped a backwoods American college banning it for Buddhists and Hindus in a breathtakingly arrogant display of Eurocentric cultural ignorance and control freakery.

Maybe it's time to rehabilitate the swastika, and reclaim it for its rightful owners, though I don't expect to see it displayed prominently on Western dharma centers anytime soon.  

This is a Buddhist Temple, not the local Gestapo HQ

From the viewpoint of Buddhist philosophy, this  knee-jerk  swastikaphobia clearly shows how the mind projects attachment or aversion onto objects, which in themselves are neither intrinsically good nor bad.

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