Would the Buddha Eat a ‘Buddha Bowl’?

The “Buddha Bowl” is really popular right now. It’s an easy way to put all the evening’s nutrition in one convenient dish that is hard to spill and carries readily to the recliner for a night of TV viewing.

I’m guessing it gets its name from the “Laughing Buddha” that graces so many Asian restaurants — the image of the Buddha that suggests he has been eating too much dinner too many nights for a great many years.


What I wonder is: Do Buddhists find it offensive to have dinner named for the founder of their faith?

We don’t name food after our God. We don’t even name foods after religious leaders. Sure, there’s “Ezekiel Bread,” but that just references the Scripture passage where the “recipe” is found.


I know I wouldn’t be happy if the coffee team at church served me “Jesus Java” (“A boost for when your spiritual energy is flagging”) . Nor would I choose that blend at Starbucks.

I don’t follow Buddha. But I don’t think I’ll win a Buddhist’s respect — much less win a Buddhist to Christ — by casually using the Buddha’s name as the description of my dinner.

If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.” Rom 14:15


What do you think? Do you find this name disrespectful or do you think I’m overreacting?

About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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