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What should be a Buddhist's response to derogatory depictions of Buddhism?

The Buddha taught: Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one's own acts, done and undone. Like a beautiful flower full of color but ...
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What should be a Buddhist's response to derogatory depictions of Buddhism?

Story told by Ven. Ajahn Brahm, from this page, on how to respond to abuse, such as the destruction of Buddhist scriptures and statues: There were riots in the streets some years ago after a guard at ...
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Is this a statue of a six-armed wooden Buddha?

"Buddha statues generally show a particular Mudra (a Sanskrit word) or hand gesture." ~ Cited from: Buddha Statue Mudras Bhumi Sparsha Mudra Samadhi / Dhyana Mudra Abhaya Mudra Dharma Chakra Mudra ...
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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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How does one do an "eye opening" for a new statue?

In Thailand you can take to the Abbot in a temple. They will do a blessing and open the eye. I have one Buddha I took to the temple In Koh Phangan and the Abbot actually drew on the Buddhas eyes and ...
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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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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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Establishing a shrine in the bedroom?

First, you should keep in mind that rules are different for those on the monastic path than those who are lay practitioners. Monastics are not supposed to engage in any sexual activity (in most orders)...
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Did I disrespect the Buddha on the altar?

The sutta below states that a memorial shrine or monument or stupa (and by extension, a statue or painting) is meant for making the mind of the beholder calm and happy. It's a source of inspiration. ...
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What should be a Buddhist's response to derogatory depictions of Buddhism?

Let's not forget that within Buddhism there is a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor and the occasional irreverence for depictions of the Buddha: Tianran Roasting the Buddha, painting by Sengai ...
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Help to identify origin/history of a statuette of the Buddha?

Looking at the way the robe is set, It does not look like a Mahayana Buddha's statue. It seems it is Theravada Buddha. It is possible from Sri Lanka or Myanmar. I may be wrong. By the way, it is a ...
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Did my brother committed shedding the blood of Buddha sin?

I think that the five anantarika-karma are described in AN 5.129: Murdering your mother or father or a perfected one; maliciously shedding the blood of a Realized One; and causing a schism in the ...
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Did my brother committed shedding the blood of Buddha sin?

To my knowledge, there is no blood in a statue. Therefore, the soccer ball your brother kicked did not shed the blood of a Buddha. Buddha statutes are representations of the Buddha rather than the ...
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Establishing a shrine in the bedroom?

Put the shrine above your meditation cushion so that you sit below the Buddha. The Buddha isn't really a sleeping companion. The emphasis should be on practice, even if you practice in the bedroom. ...
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Questions about buying a Buddha statue

Spend time shopping for a Buddha image. Find one that inspires you, not others. For this writer the face is the most important feature, next to size. He always has a good meditation kneeling in front ...
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Can you identify these figurines?

They are all the Buddha as far as I can see. The top one looks Balinese. The metal casting look possible Indian, I would guess 1950s or earlier.
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Why are exceptionally tall statues of the Buddha and Guanyin built?

Buddhism is older than some religions. This age difference takes it back to eras that people were not running the race that we were running today. That must have allowed them to create these ...
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Is this picture of a statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha?

Im not sure that is made in Siam, it may be Lao, Lanna (shan), Khmer or some Burmese counries. But, it is statue of image of imagination of autor's sight on the mind about Shakyamuni )
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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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