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Buddha Pendant

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Buddha Pendant

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:19 pm

I posted this in a forum elsewhere. Sorry if this is a repeated post. But I want advice from Theravada followers since I believe it is most closest to what the Buddha taught.

Im staying in India and it is hard to get Buddhist symbols like Dharmacakra since the religion is not very popular here. I have got a Pendant of Image of Buddha. I intend to wear that Pendant of Buddha near my chest.

I would like to know if the Buddha forbade the wearing of his images or if it takes us away from the Path of Dhamma or is it allowed to do so?.

(Note: My intention of wearing the Buddha Pendant is only to remember his teachings .)
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby waterchan » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:35 pm

quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:54 pm

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I don't think the Buddha forbade it, although it certainly wasn't encouraged.

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Thanks. What about wearing DharmaCakra and not Buddha Image ?. Ill try to get hold of DharmaCakra..
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby Coyote » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:07 pm

I don't think the dhamma-cakka is any better or worse to be honest, but I suppose its aniconic nature might be more in line with the Buddha's instruction that the best way to pay reverence to him was to put into practice his teaching. I would use whatever image inspires you.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:14 pm

It's probably the biggest misconception among Buddhists. There is nothing wrong with making or wearing Buddha images, Dhamma-cakkas, etc. There is no prohibition by the Buddha or anyone else in the Canon.

(The biggest misconception among non-Buddhists is probably that the fat guy, Hotai -- is the Buddha.)
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby Bakmoon » Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:02 pm

A lot of Theravadins wear Buddha pendants, especially in Thailand and Cambodia.

Although this has been criticized by some as being superstitious, this is mostly due to people claiming that pendants and amulets have magical powers rather than wearing it as a reminder. If it helps you to remember the Buddha's teachings, then I think that is a very good.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby indian_buddhist » Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:50 pm

Thank you everyone.
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Re: Buddha Pendant

Postby ArkA » Sat May 03, 2014 4:28 pm

I heard that in Sri Lanka wearing buddha pendants is generally considered as a disrespect. The idea is that a fully purified person like the Buddha shouldn't be hanging below an impure head ;) Personally, I was unable to do that when I was a lay person. I guess, different people from different cultures have different ways. Some years back I read in an ancient Hindu text an incident where the god criticizing those who sold his statues, but the modern practice is totally different.

I don't remember a Sutta where the Buddha addressed this issue except saying, "Tathagatha is appatimo," where appatimo means impossible to make a model of.
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