Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:49 am

Hi Fern,

I think it all depends. A couple of points to consider:

The key moments in Gautama's life were outside, in the open, under a tree. His birth, enlightenment, death and the vast majority of his teachings. I have no problems with commemorating this aspect of the Buddha's life. Personally, I see no problem with landscape gardening an outdoor shrine as part of a garden. But so long as the shrine has a religious/spiritual or meditative purpose and is not commissioned for the purpose of an exotic decoration. If I were to design an outdoor shrine, I would use the floor-plan of a shrine room in a temple as a guide. Most Asian Buddhist shrines are indoors where the Buddha-rupa is elevated off the floor on a platform. As a mark of respect to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.

What I don't like is the reduction of the Buddha as garden gnome. And I think that's an attitude that is shared among many Buddhists in the East or West.

Ben
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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Individual » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:57 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:02 am

“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: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Ben » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:09 am

“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: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby fernrichardson » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:32 am

Individual--I am not asking this information for me. I know that having Buddha statues is idolatry in Judaism. If you remember from my original post, I am writing a book. I am trying to guide *OTHER* people. I don't mind what other people do, so long as they aren't being disrespectful. I am trying to find out from Buddhists if they think it is disrespectful for non-Buddhists to place a Buddha statue in their gardens.

Ben--Thanks for your input. While I think most people would treat a Buddha statue a little nicer than a garden gnome, I see your point.

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby fijiNut » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:01 am

But what if a little child playing in the garden notices the serene smile on the Buddha statue's face, which leaves a positive impression in her mind, which later ripens to the affinity for Dhamma?

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby James the Giant » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:07 am

Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:16 am

James (and all),
Bhavana posted to an old thread. It's quite likely that the book mentioned in the OP is not only finished but printed and published.
That said, the topic in general is a good one to be aware of.

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Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Postby James the Giant » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:54 am

Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.


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