Answer me this; is it appropriate that I have a Buddha in the classroom?
I don’t consider it a religious symbol – it’s more a representation of the pursuit of enlightenment and self-knowledge – but I can see how some people might perceive it as religious. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t do the religion thing, and I’m confident that most of the students understand enough about my philosophy to understand what the statue means in my environment, but I’m sensitive to the fact that it could be seen as intrusive. I wouldn’t be okay with a crucifix in a classroom, so I’m questioning whether a Buddha would be any different.
What do you think? Is it okay if I tuck him amongst the plants on my bookshelves, or should I just leave him at home?