“Fan mail”

If you’re still on the fence about buying my book on Fake Buddha Quotes, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha, which you can preorder now, check out the following comments from fans of this blog!

“This commenter knows nothing of Buddhism.” Mauriku Valentinus

“If you are a Buddhist and believe in the law of kamma you should be more careful by making statements about the Buddha that are factually not true. You harm yourself and those who believe you.” Sebastian

“Fuck you.” Anshul

“You seem like a stuck in the mind, egotistical, scholarly charlatan.” Warren

“Why do you feel the need to be judgemental, especially with things that are positive change and help people?” Apollo

“What makes a person who is interested in Sanskrit and the Buddha also possess a feeling of anger and superiority at others who have given a loving attempt at interpreting the Buddha’s work?” Crescent Rose

“Oh please go sit in silence, then go out and do something real to relieve as much suffering as you can.” Liz

“You seem willing to pull Buddha down, but not look at what was really said. To me this betrays an agenda – although I suppose that’s obvious seeing as you bothered to set up a website about it.” Tiny

“Clearly, you have no mindfulness or personal affinity for and understanding of Buddhism.” Amy

“You are so wrong on so many levels it’s not even worth proving it to you.” Teeto

“I think your ignorance has become fairly prominent.” Brandon

“Ignorant idiot.” Shankaran

“This is a club for like-minded sanctimonious pseudo-intellectuals who are here to argue ad infinitum … I’m not in the contest that you want me to be in. My ego is not involved.” Greg

“Pointless junk.” Jesse

“Your article delivers your ignorance on the subject.” Benjamin

“I will try to force you to leave this road to hell.” Johann

“Some things you will never understand my friend. You are just a little kid who try to find write and wrong in the world.” Tharindu

“U are presenting hateful writings.” Samar

“All your Prejudices and stereotypes show how ‘poor’ you still are.” Dave

“Could have gotten it all out in a sentence or two.” Jayla

“Everything you’re saying on here is outright false.” Sara

“Of course nonbelievers only think things are fake. What is fake. The Bible itself is fake because it is man-made. Slandering the truth. But, your words are spurred by hatred. I feel sorry for you.” Minh Chai Tran

12 thoughts on ““Fan mail””

  1. I was sure nobody could make this stuff up, but I stand corrected.

    Those innocent yet haughty comments (“Don’t you dare touch my Buddha!”) remind me of the “Cancel my subscription!” letters to the editors of Biblical Archaeology Review. They’re the most amusing part of the magazine, and the reason you tend to head for the letters section as soon as it comes in the mail. Is there negative karma associated with finding amusement in the silliness of other people? If so I’ll surely burn.

  2. I saw your book on Netgalley and decided to check out your website. I learned many years ago that the smiling, big belly Buddha depicted in paintings and sculptures was meant to hide the fact that he was in fact emaciated from his choice to abstain from certain foods for long periods of time. Since then, I have always wondered about the quotes attributed to Buddha.

    Congratulations on your book!

    1. Thanks for the congratulations!

      Actually the fat guy is not the Buddha at all, although it’s a common confusion. He’s Hotei or Pu-Tai, who was a Chinese Buddhist monk who carried a cloth sack (that’s what his name means), who loved children, and who is associated with abundance and giving. Westerners confusing the two figures is a bit like a Chinese or Japanese person thinking that Santa Claus is Jesus.

      Also, the Buddha was only emaciated for a period before his enlightenment, while trying out the ascetic practice of self-starvation, which he rejected, favoring meditation as the path to awakening.

      1. What do you mean Santa Claus isn’t Jesus? My childhood is destroyed.

        Thanks for your great work in going deep in the origins of those fake quotes and the analysis on how it may or may not reflect some truth from the Buddha’s teachings.

  3. Terry Pratchett : “Nothing is really worth doing unless there’s somebody, somewhere, who would much rather you didn’t”.

    It’s actually quite saddening the number of people who seem personally threatened to find that some piece of verbiage isn’t the Wisdom of the Buddha. These may still be wise (most of them are commonsense platitudes) and most are harmless. So why the fuss?

    What I notice about most of the fake quotes is that they do not challenge us the way the Buddha’s own (reported) words largely do.

  4. As Oscar Wilde said, “It is clear that Chuang Tzu is a very dangerous writer, and the publication of his book in English, two thousand years after his death, is obviously premature, and may cause a great deal of pain to many thoroughly respectable and industrious persons.”. I really like your site, but a I believe a similar comment apply to your task: after 2500 years, real Buddha quotes are still too hardcore for some people.

    1. Thanks, Francisco, for enlightening me to the fact that Wilde had written about eastern philosophy. For the benefit of anyone else who’s interested, his book review is here. The book he’s reviewing is available on archive.org. and I’m looking forward to dipping into it.

      Incidentally, I got more “fan mail” at the same time as your comment came in: “Of course nonbelievers only think things are fake. What is fake. The Bible itself is fake because it is man-made. Slandering the truth. But, your words are spurred by hatred. I feel sorry for you.”

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