- Greetings Venerable Sir,
I bow to you.
I am new to this site and I posted a question the other day, only I
think I sent it directly to someone by mistake, (instead of posting
it here). I apologize for any problems that may have caused, and
will, from this point on, post from the proper location.
My question concerns right livelihhod. I have had a hard time making
money and making ends meet for my family. Recently I had a stroke of
good karma and ran in to an old friend who owns a screenprinting
business. He has offered to help me start my own business,
(screenprinting t-shirts, signs, etc.)Since my background is in art,
this seems like a good thing. My first thought was to print Buddhist
related images on T-shirts. I would want them to be tastefully done,
and printed with mindfulness. I also thought I could donate a portion
of the sales to help a Buddhist group or temple. And to only sell
them on websites and locations where people truly interested in
Buddhism may find them.
But then I started thinking of the whole idea of making money from
Buddhist images, not to mention putting it on something as common as
a t-shirt, and now i don't know. It seems in the Mahayana, they are
more inclined to charge money for teachings, whereas the Theravada
school says that teachings should be given free for dana, which is
what seems right to me.
So, what do you think? Is it okay to make money from printing
Buddhist related images?
Thank you for being on this website and for taking the time to read
Again, I bow to you,
- One might make merit as well as money by selling Buddha images, but one
should be careful not to misuse the image by printing on articles of
clothing on any unsuitable items. Sacred images should be sold only for
religious use, not for decoration. Monks do not need to make money, but
householders must struggle to earn a living in the most wholesome way that
they can manage.
- Dear Ven. Bhikkhu Pesala,
Thank you for answering my question on printing Buddhist images. Your
answer makes perfect sense - I will only make images which are for
religious use, and not put them on t-shirts or any type of
decoration. Thank you again for taking the time to write back.
--- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "Bhikkhu Pesala" <pesala@a...>
> One might make merit as well as money by selling Buddha images, but
> should be careful not to misuse the image by printing on articlesof
> clothing on any unsuitable items. Sacred images should be sold onlyfor
> religious use, not for decoration. Monks do not need to make money,but
> householders must struggle to earn a living in the most wholesomeway that
> they can manage.