I have been going through a bit of a change in my practice since finding out about the buddhapada a few months back. I am wonder if anyone has been to a monastery or buddhist center where there is no statue of the buddha but only the original image buddha, his feet.
Its generally accepted that there were no images of the buddha, at his request of course, for nearly 500 years after his parinibbana and that it was due to greek influences that the first statues were made. i have never been a big fan or had an attachnent to the need for an altar or statue. Infact i gave up an altar two years ago.
Anyways i know it wont be popular but I think the buddhapada deserves a comeback. It makes more sense to me and fits more in line of what i see as the original practice.
if/when i become a monastic i dont think i will even have a buddha statue in my kuti but a buddhapada, as a reminder that the buddha was here and of his teaching.
Btw for those who dont know what im talking about: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_footprint