Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

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Pondera
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Re: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

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Lost1984 wrote: Sat May 01, 2021 7:41 am I was just curious.

Buddha never said to bow to statues.

Bible says something like, "Sorrow/Pity to those who bow to idols which cannot speak and cannot hear and do nothing for you in return. The lord is in his temple."

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Somewhere in the temple. Maybe the holy of holiest places where only Levites can enter. So, bow to the temple. The temple becomes your idol.
“Monk, the property of light, the property of beauty, the property of the dimension of the infinitude of space, the property of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, the property of the dimension of nothingness: These properties are to be reached as perception attainments.[2] The property of the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception is to be reached as a remnant-of-fabrications attainment. The property of the cessation of feeling & perception is to be reached as a cessation attainment."[3]

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asahi
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Re: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

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Do buddhists consider Buddha himself as idol or an image ? His disciples bowed to him while he was alive but it isnt an idol adoration . It is more of a respect and gratitude but probably it can turn into admiration or adoration .
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Re: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

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First, during Buddha time there was no Buddha statue. Also, after Buddha passed away, no Buddha statue. Until much later years (few hundred years later), statue started. So, to pay respect to Buddha is for appreciating his teaching to us, and to me a gratitude towards him, for his teaching, for his knowledge, for his capability to demonstrate an enlightenment path to me. Hence, bow to Buddha statue has little meaning if the person do not feel so he/her need to bow. In my opinion, there is no monastery should stop you because you do not bow to Buddha statue. To answer to your question, there IS a Thai lineage monastery that has NO Buddha statue, it was established for over 20 years, I was practicing there few times a years lately. Because there is no Buddha statue, you do not need to bow to the statue.
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