A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Eastern vs Western Buddhism

I don’t know if it because I was raised with my feet planted in two different cultures, while my mind was in the clouds in a different place. However the last little while I have been thinking about the Eastern viewpoint of Buddhism vs the Western viewpoint of Buddhism. The more I have thought about this the less I believe there is a difference. In today’s rapidly globalizing world there is very little difference between east and west. It does not matter what country you look at the rich are getting richer, the poor are becoming poorer and the middle class while they aspire to the former, are scrambling to avoid becoming part of the latter. I listened to an elderly Chinese man who was complaining about the number of elders who now are shipped off to elder’s mansions so they can have the companionship of people their own age. He made the point, that it was less about this, than the younger generations now too busy in their own lives to want to be bothered by having to take care of the elderly. This struck me as we were sitting next to a daycare, where the parents were rushing to get their children inside, then racing off to work, or what ever else they had scheduled. A side note not a single child was dropped off by a parent driving a regular Toyota or Nissan. Lexus, Infiniti, Volvo, Mercedes, BMW were the vehicles I saw while sitting there. Not one Toyota Corolla, or even a Prius among them.

This is now no different than the Caucasian or western culture. Have children get a nanny or get them into daycare, preschool and back to the accumulation of more wealth. I wonder if this new generation of Asian latch key kids will experience the same disconnect with their parents as western raised children. The acknowledgement that yes you are my parents, but you have no right to tell me what to do attitude. If we look around the world the race to accumulate wealth so we can have more of this, and a better that, seems to have become our motivation that overrides all other factors. I think today we are on the verge of the first truly global culture, that of Consumerism. It does not matter where you live, your ethnic background, or what belief system you were raised to follow. No the message of the day everywhere is you need this product, if you have that product you are second class or obsolete.

As soon as we think of east or west, I or you, us or them, we are dividing ourselves. The message The Buddha taught was for all of us. It was for men and women, north, south, east, and west.

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Urban Studies

An online community of SFU Urban Studies students, alumni, and friends!

Kindness Blog

Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.

Sa-wat-dii From Thailand

Thoughts on the Peace Corps and Thailand

NorthThailand Blog

North Thailand photos and Travel destination information

Buddhist Art News

News on Buddhist art, architecture, archaeology, music, dance, and academia.

Nomadic Megan

Travel Blogger, Freelance Writer, TESOL Teacher & Professional Vagabond.

roselovesthailand

Just another WordPress.com site

Renard Moreau Presents

Cool Miscellaneous Thoughts

Walking with the Alligators

Speaking for those with no voice~

Gabriel Lucatero

The Journal of an Illegal Immigrant

Untangling the Tangles

Teja's blog on Everything that Concerns US

words of wisdom

words of wisdon, where we share our thoughts.

Vincent Desrus's Blog

Blog created to make people think about the world around them

Stories That Are All True

...and some of them actually happened.

Dish With Clarissa

​ The incredible and simple world of flavors and cooking at your finger tips.

A happy organic vegetarian journey

Happiness. Healthy. Loving-Kindness.

The Horror Online

Horror With Humour

IshaiyaFreshlySqueezed

A Metaphysical Journey

LEANNE COLE Photography

Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

Schelley Cassidy Photography

Home of What Is It?!? - A Project in Perspective

Hannah Sterry

Musician, cartoonist and photographer based in Devon.

most good least harm

Living compassionately, spending less and appreciating life.

The Heart of Awakening

Searching for the New Paradigm

rashmidevi.wordpress.com/

Metta Bhav Yoga & Thai Massage

moodsnmoments

where some moods and certain moments last a lifetime!!!

%d bloggers like this: