A French hotel that decorated a room in a "Little Buddha" style went a step too far when it used a toilet seat with an image of the Buddha's head, Thai Buddhists have said.
The Moulin de Broaille hotel in Bourgogne outraged a group of
Thai residents in Europe when it used Buddhist symbols
throughout the room, including the toilet seat.
National Office of Buddhism director Nopparat Benjawattananon said the
organisation has now coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affair to deal
with the problem. He said the French embassy in Bangkok have sent a letter of complaint to the
manager of Moulin de Broaille.
"These situations are becoming more frequent. We have to understand that
foreigners often think that Buddhism is only a philosophy. We have to help them
understand that the Buddha's image is what Buddhists respect and it cannot be
used inappropriately," said Mr Nopparat.