Friday Apr 08, 2011
20 ft tall Buddha (off Canyon Rd, Santa Fe)
On this day practitioners of the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, especially those in Japan, celebrate the birth of the Buddha, who lived in India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE and founded Buddhism.
The Buddhahimself born as Siddhartha into the warrior caste, was a severe critic of the caste system. He ridiculed the claims of superiority made by the priests, he criticized the theological basis of the system, and he welcomed into the Sangha, or community of monks, people of all castes, including outcasts: the untouchables.
His most famous saying on the subject is: Birth does not make one a priest or an outcaste. Behavior makes one either a priest or an outcaste.