With so many opportunities for something to happen, it was only a matter of time before Buddhists adopted acronym-emblazoned wristbands.
Ulysses Press, a California-based publisher, is producing books and wristbands marked with "WWBD?"--for "What Would Buddha Do?"
The Christian "What Would Jesus Do?" bands started appearing in 1989, and have passed their peak of popularity. But Buddhist Priest Rev. Sukha Haju Sunim of Ann Arbor, Mich., says the fad is a good idea. "In Buddhism there's a real emphasis on being mindful about what we're doing in each moment of our lives."
Bruce Willett, marketing manager for Ulysses Press, says the $15 books and wristbands will appeal to people from many religious backgrounds. The book offers Buddha's response to typical life situations. For example, if your boss complains that you are late for work, you can find this saying of the Buddha: "Time is now; now is both what and when. In this sense, we are always on time."