viniketa wrote:Good answers, so far. Some of it depends upon how you, yourself, see 'Buddha'...
Wesley1982 wrote:As the Tathagata ~ thus gone one. (One who has gone beyond) ...
Blue Garuda wrote:It is an aspect of many religions that other people's statues are idols whereas their own are sacred objects of worship.
Answer to the OP: Tell people that it isn't an idol, just a reminder to us all that we can find peace and lasting happiness by following Buddha's teachings.
Lots of places have statues of Buddha simply as an object which helps people feel peaceful.
Aesthetically, people also seem to find some materials annoying - especially brass and gold paint.
oushi wrote:Buddha is an idol, why would you explain it otherwise?
Wesley1982 wrote:oushi wrote:Buddha is an idol, why would you explain it otherwise?
It doesn't seem like he (the Gautauma Buddha) wanted people to worship or idolize him in the first place.
oushi wrote:Certainly he wanted people to follow his teachings, his guidance, and behavior. So, if you follow his teachings, and behave according to his guidance, he is an authority for you.
There is nothing wrong in this, nothing to be ashamed of.
oushi wrote:St. John Damascene from the Orthodox Christian tradition was able to explain how icons or depictions of saints were not intended for worship ~ the same sort of technique could be applied to the use of images and thangkes of buddhist saints...