Wesley1982 wrote:From a beginner's POV - aren't these strange and foreign "gods" and "deities?". .
Wesley1982 wrote:Being conscious and aware of "idolatry" - are you sure that Buddhist worship is not worship of "gods" or "deities" ? . .
KeithBC wrote:Idolatry is the worship of idols: statues or other physical objects. Buddhists do not worship idols. In fact, it is a bit of a stretch to consider what Buddhists do to be worship at all.
Om mani padme hum
Nemo wrote:To an outsider many forms of Tatntric ritual, especially those performed while on retreat, would look identical to idolatry. What do you think that pole and those mantras are for inside the statues? It is for establishing the living presence of the Deity. To disrespect such objects destroys your Samayas.
Your Bell and Vajra, your Damaru, the idols on your shrine, the protection cord around your neck. We are definitely idolaters. Stop kidding yourself.
Wesley1982 wrote:Yea, its just that in my area theres not any Buddhist culture - just christian worship services.
Bonsai Doug wrote:Wesley1982 wrote:Yea, its just that in my area theres not any Buddhist culture - just christian worship services.
Have you tried sites like:
http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/Cate ... _Directory
Wesley1982 wrote:Dallas Shambhala Meditation center- but you can't just walk in and start talking about Buddhism if the ppl there don't know you.
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