Monday, March 8, 2010

Monk On Skateboard

This photo was taken by a visitor to the Emei Mountain Temple, in Sichuan province, and posted on the internet.

The monastery stands near the top of Mount Emei - the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China and the site of the country's first ever Buddhist temple.

Internet users were taken aback by the photographs and posted comments criticising the monk for adopting a "modern fad".

"Monks should seek quietness and riding a skateboard is such a contradictory thing to Buddhist life," said one.

However, a spokesman for the temple said that the outside world did not understand the life of a contemporary monk.

"People get their impressions from TV or movies, where monks are praying all day long, without any motivation or desire," he said.

"But these days monks also enjoy sports like badminton, table tennis and skateboarding in the spare time, as well as praying.

"They even use the internet and mobile phones to promote Buddhism. This is not contradictory to Buddhism but actually is part of the Buddhist spirit."

This photo is not related to the above photo. This one depicts a young Tibetan monk on skateboard in a temple in Arou, Qilin, China.

Personally i have no problem with monks in skateboards but i do feel offended by these. What are these ? Well these are real skateboards with Buddhist motives on sale online. To me this is a form of desecration of Buddhism. What was on the mind of the people behind this ? How could they allow skateboarders to step on picture of a real Buddhist monk ? They should have been more sensitive and show more respect to other religion, the same goes to the buyers of these skateboards.


Rob Thomson said...

Hi there,

Thanks for using my photo in your blog post (the one at the bottom of the monk on the skateboard).

You're most welcome to continue using the photo in the post, but please make sure to attribute it to me, the author (Rob Thomson, with the link to the original photo:

Many thanks,
Rob Thomson