The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, in a display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) entitled the 'Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana, the Dying Gaul, Farnese Hercules, Night, Day, Sartyr and Bacchante, Funerary Genius, Achilles, Persian Soldier Fighting, Dancing Faun, Crouching Aphrodite, Narcisse Couché, Othryades the Spartan Dying, the Fall of Icarus, A River, Milo of Croton'. It can also be seen at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/131149/
Although this display has been in place for some months, we have only just been made aware of its' existence. We are not usually outspoken, but this display desecrates the image of Buddha by placing images of these mythical images on him and in doing so, showing no apparent regard or respect for Him.
The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism
By Sutra Translation Committee of USA/Canada
This is a revised and expanded edition of The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism. The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation. The editors have merely organized the material, adding a few connecting thoughts of their own for ease in reading.
Karma is one of the fundamental doctrines of Buddhism. Everything that we encounter in this life, good or bad, sweet or bitter, is a result of what we did in the past or from what we have done recently in this life.
Buddhism is a cultural phenomenon that spread to Vietnam from another country during the Hung King period in the second and third century BCE, when Vietnam was an independent, sovereign state. The earliest Buddhists, Chu Dong Tu and princess Tien Dung, are well known. In the beginning of the first century in the Common Era, following a long-term Southern expansionist policy. Chinese dynasties began to invade many Viet nations, including Vietnam, whose names were then Tay Au and Lac Viet. It was in the very process to counter this Northern expansionist aggression that Buddhism had become for the Vietnamese people an effective vehicle in the resistance against assimilation and conquest from the North.
I first met Munindra in 1967. I had been introduced to Buddhism as a Peace Corps
volunteer in Thailand two years earlier, but when I returned home and tried to practice
meditation on my own, it didn’t take long to realize that I needed a teacher to help cut
through the confusion in my mind. In those years, the Buddha’s teachings were relatively
unknown in the West, and I decided to return to Asia in search of someone who could
guide me on the path.