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Postby plwk » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:29 pm

ONE statue for your altar, what would it be? And why?
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Re: If you had only....

Postby plwk » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:36 pm

Me? Sakyamuni Buddha...Why?
1. The Samyak Sambuddha of our Bhadra Kalpa
2. The One who turned the Dharmacakra where no one else could, who showed us the path and fruit of the Deathless
3. From Him, the fountain of all 84,000 teachings and attributed source of all today's Buddhist practices and traditions
4. A constant reminder of our own Buddha potential, both on the causal and fruition grounds
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Re: If you had only....

Postby Ayu » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:18 pm

This is a hard decision, because Buddha Shakiamuni and Green Tara are indispensable for me.
But if there's no other way than deciding - i would take Tara because
- to her i have the deepest relation
- she's the mother of all Buddha's & Bodhisattvas
- she's the best protector.

Imho :smile:
Because, if our mothers, who have been kind to us
From beginningless time, are suffering,
What can we do with (just) our own happiness?
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Re: If you had only....

Postby JKhedrup » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:20 pm

Buddha Shakyamuni
A foolish man proclaims his qualifications,
A wise man keeps them secret within.
A straw floats on the surface of water,
But a precious gem placed upon it sinks to the depths
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Re: If you had only....

Postby catmoon » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:49 pm

I do have only one statue on the shrine. It's Amitabha Buddha, modelled after the Kamakura Buddha in Japan. To me, all Buddhas are Buddha, and I just happen to like the Japanese sense of esthetics.
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Re: If you had only....

Postby Yudron » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:14 pm

Guru Rinpoche, because he is the essence of all teachings and teachers of the Buddhadharma.
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Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:07 pm

It's a neck in neck race between Guru Rinpoche and Shakyamuni Buddha. Both, for me, personify our very real capacity to pull our asses out of the sh*th*l* of samsara.
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Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:13 pm

Gotama Buddha (Shakyamni)

There have been many buddhas, but this is the buddha of our time. No need to live in the past (Kassapa) or the future (Maitreya).
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Re: If you had only....

Postby futerko » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:17 pm

Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri in union (Yab Yum).
we cannot get rid of God because we still believe in grammar - Nietzsche
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Postby Sherab Dorje » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:52 pm

futerko wrote:Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri in union (Yab Yum).
You devil, you! ;)
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Postby Caz » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:37 pm

Defiantly Buddha Shakyamuni my teachers are in essence the same as him. This would be my only statue...But I would certainly have accompanying Images Je Tsongkhapa for example !
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Re: If you had only....

Postby futerko » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:58 pm

gregkavarnos wrote:
futerko wrote:Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri in union (Yab Yum).
You devil, you! ;)

mwahahaha! :twisted:
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Postby JKhedrup » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:39 pm

Oh Sorry I'm supposed to say why!

Buddha Shakyamuni- Because he is the founder of the Satsana in this world and the figure who unites all the various traditions of Buddhism.
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Re: If you had only....

Postby Red Faced Buddha » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:43 pm

Probably either Avalokiteshvara, Shakyamuni, or Manjushri.
A person once asked me why I would want to stop rebirth. "It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want to be reborn."
I replied. "Wanting to be reborn is like wanting to stay in a jail cell, when you have the chance to go free and experience the whole wide world. Does a convict, on being freed from his shabby, constricting, little cell, suddenly say "I really want to go back to jail and be put in a cell. It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want that?"
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Postby Konchog1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:11 am

My Yidam since it's nature is the same as all other Buddhas.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Re: If you had only....

Postby Red Faced Buddha » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:03 pm

Konchog1 wrote:My Yidam since it's nature is the same as all other Buddhas.


What's your yidam?
A person once asked me why I would want to stop rebirth. "It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want to be reborn."
I replied. "Wanting to be reborn is like wanting to stay in a jail cell, when you have the chance to go free and experience the whole wide world. Does a convict, on being freed from his shabby, constricting, little cell, suddenly say "I really want to go back to jail and be put in a cell. It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want that?"
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Re: If you had only....

Postby conebeckham » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:18 pm

Ha Ha HA! Who's your yidam?
I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

:smile:

For me, I'd keep my Vajradhara statue. Buddha is not a person (or a statue), but that particular statue reminds me most strongly of the basic Ground or State of all Buddhas, and, in fact, of the potential for all sentient beings to grasp the fruition.
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Re: If you had only....

Postby Konchog1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:16 pm

Red Faced Buddha wrote:
Konchog1 wrote:My Yidam since it's nature is the same as all other Buddhas.


What's your yidam?
All Buddhas have the same nature. So the Buddha you practice the most or like the most can stand in for the rest.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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Postby Red Faced Buddha » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:17 am

Konchog1 wrote:
Red Faced Buddha wrote:
Konchog1 wrote:My Yidam since it's nature is the same as all other Buddhas.


What's your yidam?
All Buddhas have the same nature. So the Buddha you practice the most or like the most can stand in for the rest.


:shrug: I have no idea what you just said.

conebeckham wrote:Ha Ha HA! Who's your yidam?
I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

:smile:


Come on, we're all friends here. I'll make you my chief disciple after I become a Buddha. :tongue:
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Re: If you had only....

Postby Konchog1 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:59 am

Red Faced Buddha wrote:
Konchog1 wrote:All Buddhas have the same nature. So the Buddha you practice the most or like the most can stand in for the rest.


:shrug: I have no idea what you just said.

Sometimes people ask, "Are we 'one' or 'the same'?" Well, we are neither. Is there "one" space, or are different spaces "the same"? Space is neither "one" nor "the same," and so is the nature of mind. Trying to figure it out by labeling it "one" or "the same" is just another mental fixation. Likewise, there are neither one nor many Buddhas. You can't say there is only one, as there are limitless Buddhas, yet you can't say there are many, as their essence is a single ground--emptiness and compassion abiding like space. Thus, do not grasp at singularity or multiplicity.

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-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

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Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

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