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Jakarta Post

Prince who left his castle and our castle of dreams

  • Renny Turangga

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 18 2019   /  12:50 am

Being a Buddhist living in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world is a very unique experience for me. As far as I know, in general, we don’t have difficulties in holding prayers or building temples around the country. There have been a few cases of rejection against Buddhists in certain areas. But most of the time, Buddhists can live in harmony with the rest of the population. Still, I have had some unique experiences. In college, I was surprised when one friend asked me, is Shakyamuni a man or woman? I wasn’t offended since she was sincerely raising the question, but still it dawned on me how so many people have so little knowledge about the Buddha or Buddhism. Then I wasn’t surprised when some people asked: What is the relation between Shakyamuni and Siddhartha Gautama? What are the differences between temple, vihara and klenteng? If you’re a Buddhist you m...