gingercatni wrote:in my opinion is a made up deity, but to her believers
gingercatni wrote: From my understanding, the Buddha was the first and most compassionate being on earth, why then would someone supplement the Buddha for this deity?
lojong1 wrote:Helps some to focus on certain isolated characteristics instead of all at once?
Kim O'Hara wrote:Ben wrote:Maybe you should ask the question to those who do.
... and Dhamma Wheel's sibling site, Dharma Wheel http://www.dharmawheel.net/, would be a good place to start.
Jhana4 wrote:gingercatni wrote: From my understanding, the Buddha was the first and most compassionate being on earth, why then would someone supplement the Buddha for this deity?
Do you realize you are emotionally investing yourself in a religious icon ( something not real ) while you are sort of giving others implied criticism for doing the same? The Pali Canon wasn't written down until several hundred years after Siddharthas Death. Everything about who you think the historical Buddhas was could be pure fiction.
meindzai wrote:lojong1 wrote:Helps some to focus on certain isolated characteristics instead of all at once?
I think this is a pretty good answer.
That and Bodhisattvas are cheaper than Buddhas. Seriously. I started in the Zen tradition and I wanted something for my altar, and could not afford a Buddha. So I have a 3 inch Kannon Bodhisattva to this day.
There's a fascinating mythology associated with Kannon in mahayana that illustrates the kind of compassion embodied by her, which is the same kind of compassion embodied by the Buddha, but we don't picture the Buddha walking around with 1000 hands and arms.
Symbolically speaking this represents one's ability to respond compassionately and appropriately in any and all situations, reaching everywhere and anywhere.
Of course, you can do that without all those extra limbs, but it's still a nice illustrative visual.
gingercatni wrote:I'm not investing myself in an icon, the Buddha is our guide. What I was asking was since he was so compassionate, why then did all these other "buddhas" turn up and essentially steal his thunder. No need to be so rude either thanks.
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