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Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

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Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby fernrichardson » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:33 pm

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read and answer my question.

I am writing a book on gardening, and in the section covering Asian style gardening techniques and plants, I would like to address the issue of using Buddha statues in the garden. My initial reaction is that non-Buddhists should not put Buddha statues in their gardens. But then I thought that perhaps I am projecting my own cultural and religious opinions where they don't belong, and I should "go to the source" so to speak. I plan on speaking with a Colorado-based Buddhist monk who is also a renowned landscape designer next week about this topic. I am hoping that you all can help educate me on the issues regarding using Buddha statues in the garden, so that I can ask informed questions when I speak with him.

To succinctly state my questions:

1) Is it appropriate for non-Buddhists to use Buddhist statuary in their gardens?

2) If there are circumstances in which such people could respectfully use Buddhist statuary in their gardens, are there guidelines for use, placement, care of the statuary, etc?

Thank you very much!

Fern

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby theravada_guy » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:52 am

With metta,

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Individual » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:59 am

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby fernrichardson » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:07 pm

Thank you very much for your responses Individual and theravada_guy!

Individual--Since it seems that you feel that the lack of scriptural guidance on the matter of Buddha statues means that you're agnostic on whether non-Buddhists should use Buddha statues, do you care how they treat the statue in their garden?

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby clw_uk » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:22 pm

Its just a statue...
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:23 pm

I don't know about other asian cultures but i think most Thais would consider it wrong to put a Buddha image in the garden, they are usually only put into a shrine room and even then I think there are rules about the direction they should face etc.

I have several all around the house, to me they are just a reminder of what's important to me, nothing more.

I think if the garden where arranged in such a way that the Buddha image conveyed a message, something about about peace or serenity, then that would be good.

Ask yourself, would you put a crucifix in the garden?

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Individual » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:10 pm

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Individual » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:31 pm

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Postby Individual » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:43 pm

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby clw_uk » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:41 am

Individual, I didnt write what you quoted me as saying above
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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby bodom » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:44 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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