My brother showed me an interesting news today; please watch the actual news reported by China’s CCTV: http://english.cntv.cn/program/newshour/20121222/102978.shtml
A Thai artist re-painted the wall of a temple in Northwest Bangkok six years ago after the temple’s wall paintings were damaged by flood. The artist introduced Doraemon, a popular Japanese anime character, to different themes depicted in the wall paintings. We can see him appearing as one of the many sentient beings within the six realms of samsara; Heaven, Asura, Human, Animals, Hungry Ghosts, and Hell. Doraemon’s appearance in the paintings is very subtle similar to “Where’s Waldo?”. If you pay attention Kung Fu Panda and Angry Birds also appeared in the animal realm of the paintings, also some deities were holding IPad instead of traditional scriptures. A monk interviewed by CCTV reporter said that everyone in their monastery liked it and noticed it helps young children to get interested in Buddhism. What do you think?
I personally think it is a skillful mean of the artist to help adding a little bit of humor and elements that relate to modern people to Buddhism, which many think is an ancient religion or philosophy. But it is not absolutely true. The teaching of Buddha in all aspect transcend the test of time by being applicable to all race, culture, and generations. If we investigate with an open mind, we will see that Buddha Dharma provides the solution to all human problems; jealousy, hatred, fear, anger…etc. Back to my original topic, I really appreciate the artist’s creativity in the temple’s wall paintings.
Lastly, I would like thanks Tsem Rinpoche here because just like our creative artist from Thailand; Tsem Rinpoche skillfully uses “modern” Buddhism to reach tens of thousand of people on the internet. My family and I are one of these fortunate people. I have watched many of his teaching on YouTube and read many of his blog posts. Recently, he is giving away images of Manjushri and Medicine Buddha. If you wish to invite home a Buddha’s image, please have a look: