Pragmaticism


posted on 27th of september, 2007

This completes a trio faintly religious tinted articles.

In this image, it is ostensibly about Buddhism as it has a giant Buddha statue, but it cannot be further away from reality.

The Chinese version of Buddhism is highly pragmatic. It is more concerned with this world than any other, if at all.

Hanging on that Buddha's belly is a large plaque that has the single Chinese character "Fu" meaning prosperity. That is in itself an oxymoron as Buddhism supposedly eschew all material desires.

But material desires are probably all that the man is pursuing, for he believes that touching this Buddha makes one lucky and prosperous.

Now what has this article got to do with selling stock photos, especially those of a religious theme?

Maybe nothing.

If at all it says you ought to stay away from that theme if you want to improve your sales.

But I suppose I am not all too pragmatic. :-)

However it does illustrate that a picture indeed can say some words.

And maybe even provoke some thoughts, like the present crisis in Myanmar, or Burma, or even the role of religion in American politics; and that is, religion is really most relevant, or even only meaningful, when it is all about attaining happiness in this world, power and prosperity being some of the means.

Comments (3)

Posted by Espion on September 27, 2007
Hey Hi Hobbyink,

Thanks for your rapid double barreled comments.

Actually I dont really know much, if any, about Buddhism.

All I write is what I reason within me from what I see with my eyes and hear with my ears.

The more important thing to me is that what I see and hear were not tainted by my own self, eg to see or hear black for white and vice versa, and that my reasoning is defensible and can stand the test of time and reality.
Posted by Kenneystudios on September 27, 2007
I do agree with you that some version of Buddhism are more pragmatic, especially newer practices. There are at least three major practices of Buddhism (that I am aware of) based on Chinese and Indian beliefs and philosphies. I am sure there are many more subdivision, just like all other religions. :) There are even those that lean more toward being referred to as Zen or Tao. Regligion really is a touchy subject, if you think about it, with all the different branches among them.
Posted by Kenneystudios on September 27, 2007
Buddhism is about prosperity, yes, but there are more meanings to prosperity than the material world. Buddhism speaks of prosperity in the spiritual terms, about what is prosperous for the soul, not our materialistic or capitalistic concerns here in this world. Buddhism does not shun material desires, but infact teaches that we should not become driven by them, as this dampens the karma and the spirit. Buddhism is about life in this world, yes, but it also teaches karma -- which requires one to be aware of of past lives, our current life, and where our actions will lead us upon reincarnation.



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