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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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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 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 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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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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Buddha statue of European/white likeness?

My impression is the original Buddha statues were of Greek origin. Try google 'Greco-Buddhist art'. The original Indian Buddhist art (below) did not depict a 'personal form' but usually showed a ...
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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 is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?

The fat, bald, laughing"buddha" is a chinese monk named Ho Tai (or Mi Lo Fa) .
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Why is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?

Because people often wish to deny that starvation and illness exist. Even Buddhists find these facts challenging
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Buddha statue of European/white likeness?

Just to add to the above, it is unknown what the historical Buddha looked like, and it is a matter of debate if he was, indeed, one particular person. There are conjectures based on the Suttas and so ...
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Why this hair style on statues of the Buddha?

This blog entry, The Buddha's Hair, says no: not snails. Also, you're probably right about his shaving his head: the Tipitaka offers no authentic information about the Buddha’s hair other than to ...
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What is this tile and what do its symbols depict?

Yes. I see that as his birth, enlightenment, first Dhamma sermon, and Parinirvana.
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Statues I can't find anything about

This is a great source for identifying Buddhist statues by what they are holding. The Buddha on the right is a representation of the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni). You can tell by the head-pattern, ...
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When and why did the color orange (and yellow and 'red') become associated with Buddhism?

The oldest Buddhist robe color we know of is yellow/orange. The original monks made their robes from discarded cloth found in rubbish and on cremation grounds. After washing, the robe-cloth was boiled ...
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Why does Guan Yin ride a dragon?

Wikipedia says that she is "protector of fishermen, sailors, and generally people who are out at sea". A Chinese dragon is esteemed (a symbol of the emperor), and "traditionally symbolize potent and ...
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Why this hair style on statues of the Buddha?

Buddha cut his hair himself when he left his palace for retreat. In some India and Buddhism countries, it is not respectful that touching one's head if the one who touched is younger in age or less ...
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Why does Guan Yin ride a dragon?

I to have this question. What I would like to share is that through my experience of studying the symbolism of dragons you need to carefully find the origin of the the dragon depicted because ...
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Why does Guan Yin ride a dragon?

I believe there are many metaphors and intrinsic meanings in this Avalokiteshvara Riding Dragon image. I would provide one of the many aspects, that the dragon is symbolic of Rage/Anger/Jealousy (嗔), ...
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What is the significance of Reclining Buddha Statue in Laos compared to other countries in Asia?

This is a depiction of the Buddha in his last moments of life, just before he achieved parinibbana (nirvana-after-death). There are 32 signs of a great man and 80 secondary signs (all of which the ...
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Buddha statue of European/white likeness?

You're welcome. He also said his skin was like gold. This too is up for interpretation. But with support from other sutta, i believe the idea of beatiful skin tone at the time was not too white ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

The Buddha never asked to be worshiped, he only asked that we use the Dhamma and Vinaya as a guide to cessation. Respect and veneration of the Buddha are wonderful, in that they engender a respect for ...
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