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What significance does the dragon hold within Buddhism?

Nagas are serpent like creatures that are also identified with dragons. I'm aware of a couple of places within Buddhism that these appear but there are undoubtedly a lot more. The Buddhist ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

I am not sure we should worship statues itself as that would be some sort of idolatry. Buddhists worship Buddha, and statue or other image is just symbol, something that bring into our memory good ...
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Why is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?

As @ChrisW linked above, there are many representations of the Buddha in his emaciated state, such as and . From the book Buddhist Art and Architecture by Robert E. Fisher, a brief mention of this ...
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What is the meaning of the lotus?

Well there are more than one meaning to the lotus image. It is a multi-layered symbol. http://buddhists.org/buddhist-symbols/the-meaning-of-the-lotus-flower-in-buddhism/ the meaning of the muddy ...
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Who are the Buddhas on the Wheel of Life?

@konrad01 got it pretty close, the Buddhas symbolize various ways Dharma is presented in each of the six realms, expressed so as to match mental disposition of the realm's beings. If you look ...
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Why is Kwan Yin riding a sea turtle?

Okay, I did my own research and here is what I've come up with so far. Interestingly, the artist is making a reference to this Pali suttra: "Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

Thanissaro says in many places that the act of respect develops hand-in-hand with learning the path: In their eyes, the religious attitude of respect is needed for any philosophical understanding ...
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Why is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?

Because it is not the middle way. Representing the Buddha as emaciated is likely to lead others to fast like the Buddha, thereby repeating his follies. The representation of the Buddha is not ...
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Do you think that this Laughing Buddha Restaurant sign is a disrespect?

Intentions matter. Only people and cultures take offense. The Dharma doesn't take offense. Awakened ones who have gone forth to become the Dharma can't take offense. In certain strictly Buddhist ...
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Why this hair style on statues of the Buddha?

The question isn't just whether the hair represent the snails, but what do the 108 snails present. Recall that Buddhism heavily utilize symbolism to convey it's message. It doesn't mean that the ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

The true Buddha is the Eternal Buddha revealed in the Lotus Sutra. It is not a normal human being. The statue serves as a tool for remembrance, but it's actually an inferior symbol, because it depicts ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

No one should worship any Statue, in death bed Lord Buddha says not to build any statue of him. More over He had been saying this all his life that his path is the path of practice not worship. Now ...
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What is the meaning of the lotus?

The lotus flower blooms in muddy water and spreads its leaves and petals out just centimeters above the surface of the dirty water. Buddhist renunciates, saw themselves as being outside of the muck ...
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What is the symbol sometimes depicted on images of the Buddha which looks like a swastika?

Swastica is an ancient symbol of sun, rotation, wheel, cyclic activity esp. in nature, and by extension -- eternity. When German Nazis adopted a then-emerging theory of racial superiority of Germans, ...
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What is the symbol sometimes depicted on images of the Buddha which looks like a swastika?

Buddha is said to have had 32 major physical characteristics, and the second feature among them is named, heṭ­ṭhāpāda­ta­lesu cakkāni jātāni honti DN30 This means, on the soles of Buddha's feet ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

There is no reason we have to. There is also no reason I have to. Plus there also is the same reason you don't have to either. Since you have free will, you can choose to do so however.
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

No one worshiping Buddha in India, We just ignite candle only . And so if we gonna experiencing just observe, you'll see Buddha's statue, his face there's lighted spirit, you'll not find with other ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

Buddha is a Sanskrit word meaning knowledge. Thus a statue of Buddha is a personification of knowledge. Buddhists do not pray to Knowledge (Buddha statue). They venerate knowledge because 'knowledge ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

Lets say the Buddha was alive today and you offered Dana to the Buddha. But what if the Buddha does not accept it? Will you still not get the merits for your good intentions and the effort you put ...
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Did the Buddha have long ears?

His ears are long like lotus petals. The Buddha have The 32 Signs of a Great Man and The 80 secondary characteristics. This is one of the 80 minor Characteristics as the the comment by Ven. @...
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Did the Buddha have long ears?

UPDATE: The earlobes are elongated, partly to indicate the Buddha is all-hearing and partly as a reminder of the heavy earrings that weighed them down before Siddhartha renounced material ...
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What is a Mudra and what do they mean?

If I can give an answer with reference to 5 Buddha mandala as I think it draws together the iconography into a satisfying whole. As it's name suggests the 5 Buddha mandala 5 Buddhas at each compass ...
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What is a Mudra and what do they mean?

According to Dr. Robert Thurman: The mudra “is a sacred gesture symbolically expressing inner wisdom, or, in tantra, a female consort for yogic practices that harness sexual energies to the ...
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Lord Buddha descending from heavens?

One of those pictures is shown on this page: Lhabab Duchen – the Day Buddha Descended from Tushita Heavens: This article from Bhutan Journals describes the iconography of the Buddha Shakyamuni ...
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Can I wear pendant that's symbol of peace?

That is in harmony with nonviolent Buddhism however on a vipassana retreat there is noble silence, and anything worn that said anything would be as distracting as spoken words.
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Why this hair style on statues of the Buddha?

Buddha didn't shave his hair like a monk, as a teacher doesn't wear uniform when students do, in school. Buddha has deep blue hair, 绀青色 similar to ultramarine, his hair naturally curled clockwise, ...
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What is this tile and what do its symbols depict?

What scenes are depicted? On the side with text: The place where Shakyamuni Tathagata Lord Buddha was born. The place where Shakyamuni Tathagata Lord Buddha awakened to the unexcelled right self-...
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Who are the Buddhas on the Wheel of Life?

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is famous for being the Buddha who rescues those in hell. The other important personage is King Yama (Yamadevaloka), who is sort of a judge of the dead. These two are a big ...
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