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amitabha buddha

Postby gingercatni » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:46 pm

I've just discovered that the indonesian Buddha I restored and put on my shrine is in fact Amitabha buddha, does it matter or should i replace it?

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby meindzai » Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:57 pm

Does it matter to you?

It's just an image.

-M

gingercatni
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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby gingercatni » Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:44 pm

I was just trying to keep it as authentic as possible :jumping:

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Re: amitabha buddha

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby PeterB » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:15 pm

Of course its not a problem...

Keeping it authentic is essential, this isnt a zen- free- for- all forum.

What a Buddha Rupa symbolises is what is important gingercatni. A shell or flower or piece of coral will do as well if thats what works for you.
Amitabha Buddha has no obective existence, and if a form which symbolises your aspirations has that form and that works for you, I wouldnt worry too much about it.
It is authentic. The criterion isnt the thing in itself..its your reaction to it.

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby adeh » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:26 am

It's a really beautiful Buddha image, but how can you be sure its Amitabha? If it's the mudra, I've seen Tibetan paintings and japanese statues of Shayamuni with the right hand in the same mudra (the vitarkamudra...the exposition of the doctrine mudra).

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby Bonsai Doug » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:02 am

That statue is a wonderful Buddha - lots of character in the pose, weathering, patina, etc.
I believe anyone would be happy to display it on their altar.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby bazzaman » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:27 am

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby bodom » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:34 am

If it inspires your practice then that is all that matters.

:anjali:
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


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: amitabha buddha

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:04 am

To share my thoughts and experiences:

I have two statues on my shrine. One is small and made out of resin, bought from a Buddhist meditation centre. The other is larger and made from plastic; the manufacturers intended it to be a home decoration. They both are useful for me.

The first I bought after attending a meditation course and first deciding I would start practicing Buddhism. I was new, hadn't read much literature and didn't know about the differences between the Buddhist schools. It is of the medicine Buddha. When I decided to follow Theravada I chose to keep it as a reminder that just as I once knew very little, I still know very little. I find it useful to control that ego.

The other statue was bought by my wife and marked the point that she accepted I was practicing Buddhism. I keep it as a reminder that I must balance my household responsibilities with my personal 'spiritual' (don't like that word) goals. It reminds me I'm part of a larger system, and decisions I make affect lots of other people.

The second statue is of Amitabha. Both statues portray Mahayana figures, but they are both useful for my practice.

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby phil » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:21 pm

My favourite Buddha statue isn't a Buddha at all, it's a carving of a rice god from a mountain tribe in the Philippines. (They are placed above paddies to protect the growing rice.) But it sits in front of me when I meditate because I feel it expresses the qualities that can be developed through Buddhist practice, especially patience and friendliness.
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Re: amitabha buddha

Postby Ben » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:26 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: amitabha buddha

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