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Buddhas Delight - Representations Of Buddhism
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No representations of the Buddha were made for about four or five centuries of Buddhism; the first Buddha sculptures were produced in about the 1st or 2nd century AD.
There is no standard way of representing the Buddha, but a Buddha statue is not meant to merely depict the creator of Buddhism. Each sculpture is wrought with religious lessons, which are represented in nearly every aspect of the figure. It is said that each physical feature of the Buddha is symbolic of Buddhist teachings.
Buddhists do not 'worship' Buddha statues any more than Christians worship the cross or Muslims the Kabba, which they face when they pray. Like the cross etc. the Buddha statue is a symbol, helpful in creating devotion, uplifting the mind and focusing attention. Buddha statues inspire us to develop our inner qualities to achieve happiness, good fortune, and satisfaction in our lives.
July 18th, 2011
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