Presumably the phrase was intended as a term of abuse. But for 50,000 Buddhists in the UK - and 350 million around the world - the Buddha is our spiritual teacher and the embodiment of the Buddhist religion.
The Prime Minister's insensitivity is truly extraordinary. Doubtless he will continue to find ways to abuse the leader of the Opposition. But Buddhists will hope that he does not continue to abuse the Buddha and, indeed, that he will apologise for the insult already proffered.
Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
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