Quote from Bhikkhu Gavesako: The driver who was in his 60s asked how long we have been Buddhist monks, and then he inquired whether we have ever been evangelized before. We started talking about Christianity and he said that the Roman Catholic church is not really Christianity proper. Instead, he said, he belongs to Jesus Christ himself. Then he asked us about the Buddha statues and decorated temples in Buddhism, and I explained to him that some people are more faith-oriented and need such external symbols to focus on, but others have a more analytical character and like to question and examine things.
This QUOTE gave me inspiration to write about how I love my Buddha statues.
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the place where most citizens love all Buddhas and Buddha statues. To me and my family,
Buddha statues represent Buddhas
. My mom had altar room (Thai styles just like you see at Thai temples),with 2 beautiful goldplated Buddha statues that my mom prayed to every night before going to bed...and I did that too with so much love/admiration. If my love for Buddha can grow like a tree, it would reach the sky and all levels of heaven by now. And now my daughter feels what I feel, she prays everyday before entering the operating room...prays longer if performing difficult/complicated surgery cases
I gave my daughter 5 beautiful miniture buddhas in different positions the very day that she left home when she got the Air Force scholarship to go to medical college in Houston. Since then,everywhere The Air Force sent her to station, she would take her 5 Buddhas with her even to Japan(for 3 years). She always gave me money for donation to Thai temples/the Monks Hospital(in Bangkok) which we have been doing as tradition since I married Tep. As soon as she became a surgeon, she gave me as much as $1,500/year for donation. Very strange that my daughter never has car accident from the day I taught her to drive when she was 16 until now, and she is very healthy like I/Tep, we just have headaches/cold/cough, never anything serious(Tep's doctor said that he's never known anyone as healthy as Tep).
Right now we have 9 Buddha statues, 4 goldplated, white, 2 green marble, silver and glass. Tep/I bath the statues with perfumed water(Nina Ricci) sometimes just to clean them. During spring - fall, every morning I always pick flowers from my garden: roses, jasmines, daylilies, plumerias or oleanders for Tep to give to Buddha statues in his computer room and I give to my Buddhas in my computer room. I love my Buddha statues very much. I probably met different Buddhas in my past lives to have this kind of love in my heart.
One fine day, my daughter and I went to TJ Maxx store, we saw a white Buddha-statue from India that look like Tep's face, my daughter immediately bought it for me to put it at the altar in my computer room.
Not long ago, I gave a Chinese miniture Buddha statue to my dear friend Dr.Han Tun(JTN)...he said he put it at the altar. He loves Buddha statue too.
I truly love my Buddha statues,