Jayantha-NJ wrote: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.
186. Images and pictures of the Buddha are just imitations of the physique of the Buddha.
187. Burmese sculptors make Buddha’s images in Burmese style; likewise Chinese and Indian sculptors carve in their own styles. The real intention is to make people think of the Buddha and adore him even more.
188. Images, pictures, and pagodas conceal the real Buddha; sermons conceal the real Dhamma; shameless monks conceal the real Saṅgha.
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