Significane of Bowing

pohtiongho By pohtiongho, 5th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Do you feel strange that Buddhists bow in front of a statue? Are you unhappy about that?

Significane of Bowing

When Buddhists bow in front of the Buddha Statue, they are paying veneration to the Buddhas. Since there are no more living Buddhas in the universe, we bow to the statue. There is nothing superstitious about the act. Apart from the Buddhist Statues, Buddhists also bow to the monks and nuns. It is a respect. Buddhists may bow to others. When they do, they are paying respect to the Buddha Nature in each person. Images of the Buddha were only created 500 years after His Parinibbana.

Bowing is also a form of Yoga and it removes the pride in a person.

Isn’t it a pity that most westerners still believe that Buddhism is about worshipping Buddha, bowing to a statue and wearing robes or working oneself into a trance? Buddhism accumulated a variety of beliefs, rituals, ceremonies and practices at the countries it was brought to. Many people consider those living secular lives are not practitioners of the Way because they say it is evil living idly without jobs, greatly harming individuals, families, societies, and nations.

Three places within a temple compound are held in special reverence by Buddhists. They are Buddha Statues, Pagoda and the Bodhi Tree. The Pagoda is the place where the Buddha relics are enshrined. The Bodhi tree is to remind the original Bodhi tree under which Sakyamuni attained Nibbana. Paying respects to these objects may be done according to one’s traditions. Buddhists normally offer food, light, perfumes, incense, flowers, and water to the Buddha. These offerings are a mark of veneration to the Buddha by devotees in gratitude and praise of the Buddha. No Buddhists believe those things are needed by the Buddha. By offering those things, the devotees derive a sense of happiness, peace and relief. The Buddhists don’t pray to the Buddha in the hope that the Buddha will forgive their sins and offer them rewards. Such practices are unknown in Buddhism.

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Buddha Statue, Pagoda, Parinibbana, Sakyamuni, Veneration

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author avatar philpalm
11th Jun 2013 (#)

A lot of Christians confuse the issue about bowing and I am glad you made the distinction about bowing.

I am also glad you wrote about the Bodhi tree. Even in Los Angeles was a bookstore called the Bodhi Tree. (It is now closed but remembered:
http://bodhitree.com/ )

Who questions the benefits of peace? Certainly not the Buddhists.

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author avatar pohtiongho
12th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks for your feedback. Some people still believe if they walk into s Buddhist store, they are helping the devils. This is most unfortunate.

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author avatar philpalm
12th Jun 2013 (#)

Fortunately I haven't gotten flack for food offered up in Shrines (the Christians aren't suppose to eat food offered up to other "gods".

What I hate is "Christians" that refuse to join with other religions in a campaign for good.

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author avatar pohtiongho
12th Jun 2013 (#)

Please stick to your belief but don't waste time on those little guys. They want you to donate 10% of your monthly salary to their cause and they swindlle more than 90% of the fund collected. This happens in almost every country. I cannot elaborate more on this matter.

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author avatar pohtiongho
30th Jul 2014 (#)

If you wish to view some Buddhist Website photos, please hit :https://myspace.com/242732440

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