Religion Is Not Your Fashion

Is Buddha pop culture now? He seems to be everywhere. T-shirts, tattoos, those little statues that you bought from a street vendor from your last stint in Thailand but now can’t quite place in the spaces of your very non-spiritual everyday life. Do these people even know anything about this character that they’ve made their casual god, or are they just fascinated by the gentle smile of a golden statue that they hope can bring balance and inner peace to their lives?