Edited because one reader reminded me that Bhikkhus may not be aware of what is for sale at ODEL.
I wonder where are
the likes of Bhikkhu K. Tanchangya and all those who protested vehemently Akon for dancing in front of Buddha Statutes. Perhaps people like them only wants attention grabbing protests like Akon incident. Just hollow thunder I guess. Because right under their noses Buddha icon is used for selling cigarette lighters, right here in Sri Lanaka.
How come dancing front of Buddha statue is wrong but to to light joints with “Buddha Emblem Zippo Lighter” is acceptable? If not please wake up because there seem to be something wrong with your attitude. Yes today I was browsing ODEL online shop to buy a gift for a friend of mine. So naturally I browsed through “boys toys” and what do I find?
Buddha emblem Zippo lighter.
Genuine Zippo windproof lighter.
“From timeless design to the unmistakable “click”…from the quality of materials and workmanship to the Lifetime Guarantee – these are features that make a Zippo lighter so satisfying to own”.
I wonder why no one marching in front of Odel. May be it is owned by friend of the Bhikku. May be the owners are too big to handle. What ever is the case, I only see the hypocrisy of those protests and protestors.
Yes I am still a Buddhist. Does this lighter make me angry? Nope, I just feel sorry for the people like Bhikkhu above for using Buddhism for their own ends. Did I stop buying at Odel? Heck no, I got my friend something from them. I do not smoke and even if I did, I would not buy that lighter but if someone else does, it is their business. Buddha will be Buddha, no matter what. Peace.