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Buddha Pendant

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:19 pm

I posted this in a forum elsewhere. Sorry if this is a repeated post. But I want advice from Theravada followers since I believe it is most closest to what the Buddha taught.

Im staying in India and it is hard to get Buddhist symbols like Dharmacakra since the religion is not very popular here. I have got a Pendant of Image of Buddha. I intend to wear that Pendant of Buddha near my chest.

I would like to know if the Buddha forbade the wearing of his images or if it takes us away from the Path of Dhamma or is it allowed to do so?.

(Note: My intention of wearing the Buddha Pendant is only to remember his teachings .)
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby waterchan » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:35 pm

indian_buddhist wrote:I would like to know if the Buddha forbade the wearing of his images or if it takes us away from the Path of Dhamma or is it allowed to do so?.


I don't think the Buddha forbade it, although it certainly wasn't encouraged.

If a pendant helps you remember your practice in times of adversity, why not? As long as you remain aware that it is just a reminder and there's nothing magical about it. Practically it's not so different from Buddha statues and images that some people have in their homes; the Buddha didn't encourage those either.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:54 pm

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I don't think the Buddha forbade it, although it certainly wasn't encouraged.

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Thanks. What about wearing DharmaCakra and not Buddha Image ?. Ill try to get hold of DharmaCakra..
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby Coyote » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:07 pm

I don't think the dhamma-cakka is any better or worse to be honest, but I suppose its aniconic nature might be more in line with the Buddha's instruction that the best way to pay reverence to him was to put into practice his teaching. I would use whatever image inspires you.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:14 pm

It's probably the biggest misconception among Buddhists. There is nothing wrong with making or wearing Buddha images, Dhamma-cakkas, etc. There is no prohibition by the Buddha or anyone else in the Canon.

(The biggest misconception among non-Buddhists is probably that the fat guy, Hotai -- is the Buddha.)
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby Bakmoon » Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:02 pm

A lot of Theravadins wear Buddha pendants, especially in Thailand and Cambodia.

Although this has been criticized by some as being superstitious, this is mostly due to people claiming that pendants and amulets have magical powers rather than wearing it as a reminder. If it helps you to remember the Buddha's teachings, then I think that is a very good.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:50 pm

Thank you everyone.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby Ananda26 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:56 pm

indian_buddhist wrote:I posted this in a forum elsewhere. Sorry if this is a repeated post. But I want advice from Theravada followers since I believe it is most closest to what the Buddha taught.

Im staying in India and it is hard to get Buddhist symbols like Dharmacakra since the religion is not very popular here. I have got a Pendant of Image of Buddha. I intend to wear that Pendant of Buddha near my chest.

I would like to know if the Buddha forbade the wearing of his images or if it takes us away from the Path of Dhamma or is it allowed to do so?.

(Note: My intention of wearing the Buddha Pendant is only to remember his teachings .)


We can create more good jobs with Buddhism. For example when I visited India on my Pilgrimages the people liked to refer to the Japanese monk Venerable Guruji who had so many Peace Pagodas constructed in the world. See how many jobs and good things result from these Buddhist shrines. For example the Santi Stupa in Rajagaha.

India can put more people to work on Buddha Pendent and etc. types of devotional goods. In Thailand there are many devotional goods. Large groups of Thai people like to visit India on pilgrimages. Also I have seen the Tibetan people working on Buddhist goods. There is a lot in the Dharmasala area, etc.

If you would like to buy goods, you can visit the very developed Pilgriamage areas for Buddhist goods. For example Bodh Gaya is a very developed Pilgrimage area.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby ArkA » Sat May 03, 2014 4:28 pm

I heard that in Sri Lanka wearing buddha pendants is generally considered as a disrespect. The idea is that a fully purified person like the Buddha shouldn't be hanging below an impure head ;) Personally, I was unable to do that when I was a lay person. I guess, different people from different cultures have different ways. Some years back I read in an ancient Hindu text an incident where the god criticizing those who sold his statues, but the modern practice is totally different.

I don't remember a Sutta where the Buddha addressed this issue except saying, "Tathagatha is appatimo," where appatimo means impossible to make a model of.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby Dharmapala » Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:35 am

indian_buddhist wrote:I posted this in a forum elsewhere. Sorry if this is a repeated post. But I want advice from Theravada followers since I believe it is most closest to what the Buddha taught.

Im staying in India and it is hard to get Buddhist symbols like Dharmacakra since the religion is not very popular here. I have got a Pendant of Image of Buddha. I intend to wear that Pendant of Buddha near my chest.

I would like to know if the Buddha forbade the wearing of his images or if it takes us away from the Path of Dhamma or is it allowed to do so?.

(Note: My intention of wearing the Buddha Pendant is only to remember his teachings .)


indian_buddhist wrote:I posted this in a forum elsewhere. Sorry if this is a repeated post. But I want advice from Theravada followers since I believe it is most closest to what the Buddha taught.

Im staying in India and it is hard to get Buddhist symbols like Dharmacakra since the religion is not very popular here. I have got a Pendant of Image of Buddha. I intend to wear that Pendant of Buddha near my chest.

I would like to know if the Buddha forbade the wearing of his images or if it takes us away from the Path of Dhamma or is it allowed to do so?.

(Note: My intention of wearing the Buddha Pendant is only to remember his teachings .)


I don't think there is anything wearing an amulet to remind you of your faith and it is less permanent than a sak yant (Thai traditional tattoo) for if example you are going to a nightclub etc, you may be encouraged to leave at home, but when it is permanently scribed on your body you don't have that option.

You should also know if the said image is really Buddhist or otherwise, cause there are many things, which look similar to image of Buddha (Ayuthayan style, Phra Khun Paen) but are actually representing other faiths or beliefs.

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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby Goofaholix » Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:59 am

Bakmoon wrote:A lot of Theravadins wear Buddha pendants, especially in Thailand and Cambodia.

Although this has been criticized by some as being superstitious, this is mostly due to people claiming that pendants and amulets have magical powers rather than wearing it as a reminder. If it helps you to remember the Buddha's teachings, then I think that is a very good.


There's nothing wrong with wearing symbols like this, it's the attachment and superstition that usually goes with that kind of thing that's the problem, even if you know you're not attached or superstitious that's how it may look to others. I can see the advantage of it as a reminder, but if someone has to be reminded of the Buddhas teachings in this way then maybe they just aren't that into it. We're lucky we're not required to make ourselves look separate from everyone else with religious head coverings and wotnot.
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