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Friday, 26 August 2011
I have heard people say that Buddhist worship idols.
Such statements only reflect the misunderstanding of the persons who make them. The dictionary defines as idols as 'an image or statue worshipped as a god.' As we have seen, Buddhist do not believe that Buddha was a god, so how could they possibly use to represent their various beliefs. In Taoism, the ying-yang diagram is used to symbolize spiritual struggle. In Christianity, the fish is used to symbolize Christ's presence and a cross to represent his sacrifice. In Buddhism, the statue of the Buddha reminds us of the human dimension in Buddhist teaching, the fact that Buddhism is human-centered rather than god-centered, that we must look within, not without to find the perfection and understanding. Therefore, to say that Buddhist worship idols is as silly as saying that Christians worship fish or geometrical shapes.
by S. Dhammika
by S. Dhammika
Due to this merits,
May I soon,
Attain the enlightened state of Guru Buddha,
That I may be able to librate all sentient beings from their suffering.
May the precious bodhi mind, Not yet been born in me, will arise and grow.
May the birth have no decline, and will increase forever more.
Namu Myo Ho Renge Kyo