Stop Religious Discriminate
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Stop Religious Discriminate

    1. Rana barua
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      Rana barua

      woodside, NY

Pls Stop to use Buddha’s images on shoes
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(If you love Buddhism. Pls share this news to every where)
The Tibetan and the Buddhist community are outraged at a California-based company for promoting a range of shoes with the Lord Buddha‘s images.
Tibetans and Bhutanese Buddhists have written to the company, Icon Shoes, to express their disgust. They have flooded the company‘s Facebook page with protest notes. was no immediate reaction from Icon Shoes.

“Unfortunately, it is a basic Buddhist tradition to treat images of Buddhist deities with reverence. Having the images on shoes is disrespect to the Buddhists,” wrote Bhuchung Tsering form International Campaign for Tibet.

“Could you kindly consider this and withdraw the shoes from your catalogue,” the Tibetan leader demanded.

The North American member of the Tibetan Parliament, Tashi Namgyal, wrote a protest letter to Icon Shoe.

“I came across shoes with image of Lord Buddha on it, manufactured by your company. I was totally shocked and dismayed at being so insensitive,” wrote Namgyal.

“Lord Buddha is worshiped by millions of people around the world including the writer of this letter… Therefore, I would like to strongly urge your company to recall every merchandise sold with Buddha’s image and stop not only selling such merchandises but manufacture of such products. Above all, I want you to tender unqualified apology posted on your website,” Tashi demanded.

Based out of Palm Desert, California, ICON was launched in 1999 by a Hollywood filmmaker and art collector.

“Icon is for the art lover and the woman who loves shoes and handbags. We support artists by paying royalty for the use of their art,” the company says on its Facebook page.

“I really think you should stop manufacturing the shoes with Buddha’s imprint… it is totally against Buddhist sentiment,” wrote one Tshewant Gyeltshen on the company‘s Facebook page.

“I am Buddhist. Your idea of putting Lord Buddha‘s image on footwear is unethical,” said one Yoezer Gempo.

“Why do they have to put Lord Buddha‘s image on shoes? Among Buddhist we don’t even let our shadow fall on His image. It cannot be ignorance since they had the guts to run a company and even call the pattern ‘Thangka of the Buddha’,” wrote an angry Passang Tshering on his blog.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Saikat Barua ARLINGTON, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please stop the religious discrimination.

    • Nhunn Nu Khaing SITTWAY, MYANMAR
      • almost 2 years ago

      For peace

    • Bilashe Chowdury CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is so sad to see this kind of descrimination, I am a Buddhist and Buddha is a god to us and some people using his image with very disrespectably, I pray to Buddha for his punishment.

      • almost 2 years ago

      While Buddhism is liberal enough to tolerate such kind of onslaught from thousands of years, those open minded manufacturers could have been more sensitive to subtle religious sentiments. What you need today is religion like Buddhism to thwart such blatant show of insensitivity towards human vaules. This is not fundamentalism but a concern that we held Lord Buddha in a high esteem like on our heads and can't see such indifference. If you truly admire Buddha, you could not have shown him on your shoes.

      • almost 2 years ago

      Compassionate Buddha is respected by many millions of people all over the world . It's a disgrace act who use the Buddha's image on shoes ...I strongly condemn against this .......


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