Should we offer food to Buddha?

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Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby nalinJ » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:23 pm

Did Lord Buddha mention that by offering food to his status we can gain merits?

Or

Did Lord Buddha mention something similar?

If yes, when/where did he mention that?
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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby Weakfocus » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:40 pm

nalinJ wrote:Did Lord Buddha mention that by offering food to his status we can gain merits?

Or

Did Lord Buddha mention something similar?


To the best of my limited knowledge, there is no such reference anywhere in Tipitaka.
Buddha was very much against such ignorant rites and rituals.
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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby gavesako » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:11 pm

The later Buddhist traditions came to believe that somehow the Buddha "resides" in the Buddha statues (and there are rituals associated with their making which are meant to invite the Buddha "spirit" to enter them) so that when people offer food to them it is similar to offering food to the Buddha himself, as was the case when he was still alive.
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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby SDC » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:16 pm

If you feel the need, make offerings to statues to acknowledge the worth and value YOU have for the Buddha. This will help further develop and strengthen that worth and value and you will find the path is easier to follow. Do it with this in mind and it will be of benefit. Don't concern yourself with merits or with what anyone else thinks about it.
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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby waterchan » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:20 pm

nalinJ wrote:Did Lord Buddha mention that by offering food to his status we can gain merits?


The real question is: how does one offer food that the Buddha will actually eat? In all the time I've offered food to a Buddha statue, it has never even taken a bite :(
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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby SarathW » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:37 pm

Please see the previous topic
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"It is the common practise of most Buddhists to offer food and water etc to the Buddha Statues (Buddha puja) and also when in a temple, most people do venerate the Bodhi-tree. I believe these are mostly done by way of honouring the Buddha and as a gesture of Saddha. My question is, did Buddha tell us to do these two things? Could you please give me a reference to it?"


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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby Coyote » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:55 pm

I don't see the problem with it, as long as one understands that the point is not mechanistic ritualism but faith and respect for the Buddha and his teaching, or so it seems to me. As I understand, it most likely evolved as a way of replacing similar rituals practiced in pre-Buddhist societies, but this does not mean it is not a wholesome action.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby waterchan » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:00 pm

It is not unwholesome, but it encourages bacterial growth on fresh food that could've been used to nourish a living bhikkhu's body. Especially in tropical countries where these practices are common. If the food on offer is dry like biscuits and potato chips, then... *shrug*
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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby gavesako » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:17 am

In Cambodia they offer food and money to a living Buddha (as he claims to be):

'Fake’ Buddha’s Followers Defend His Teachings
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... -M0q9_zsUQ

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Re: Should we offer food to Buddha?

Postby Kare » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:38 pm

One solution is this: If you wish to offer food, go out in the street and give the food to someone who needs it and can eat it. Afterwards you can go back and bow to the Buddha.
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