When I practiced Mahayana, before i began to practice Theravada, The images of Buddhas were to be treated as if they were the Buddhas themselves. Im now wondering, how are the images of Buddhas treated in Theravada. I also read somewhere that if someone mistreats the image of a Buddha, there can be negative kammic reactions, i was wondering if this is true too in Theravada.
the Buddha said :
"Intention, monks, is karma, I say. Having willed, one acts through body, speech and mind."