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Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Refugee » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:02 pm

I have come across suggestions that Buddha Statues in our shrines should face the East, because the Buddha's enlightenment occurred whilst He was sitting, facing East, under the Bhodi Tree. Then, again, there is the suggestion that when meditating we should also face the East. If we adhere to both these suggestions, then our backs will be towards the Buddha Statues in our shrines. :?

Presently, the Buddha Statues on my shrine face the East and I sit in meditation in front of the shrine, facing West. I do not have access to a Sangha, Buddhist temples or meditation centres in the region I live, so I will appreciate any advice in this matter.

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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby bodom » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:12 pm

It is nothing more than rites and rituals.

: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


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well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:06 pm

"Strive for your own liberation with diligence"

I don't think Feng Shui is important.

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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby cooran » Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:37 pm

Hello all,

The Bodhisatta was born between two Sal trees and as soon as he was born, he took seven steps to the north and announced: “I am chief in the world, I am best in the world, I am first in the world. This is my last birth. There will be no further rebirths.”

The Bodhisatta was sitting under the Bodhi Tree facing East when he became enlightened.

Just before his parinibbana, at his request, the Buddha laid on his right side with his head pointing north and facing west, under two Sal trees.

These are the traditional postures. The Buddha thought it important enough to deliberately use these postures.

When you go to Kusinara you can see the BuddhaRupa facing west:
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/bud ... ilgrim.htm

However - as statues of the Buddha did not appear for hundreds of years after his death, one can wonder at the very use of statues themselves not just their positioning.

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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Guy » Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:26 pm

At the Dhamma Center I go to the Buddha statue is facing West. Ajahn Brahm says that if the Buddha statue wasn't happy he'd turn around and face East by himself.
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2) Throwing things away
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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Guy » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:00 am

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:09 am

Well said, Guy.

Metta,
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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby appicchato » Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:18 am

A side of you I hadn't seen before tilt... there's hope after all... :smile:

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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

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We luv you even when you're cranky. :smile:

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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Mawkish1983 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:53 am

I see what you mean Tilt: what I consider to be unhelpful to my practice may be helpful someone else, and what I consider to be helpful to my practice may be unhelpful to someone else (sorry for repeating what's been said already). Hmmm, I've much to learn.

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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Refugee » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:22 am

I thank everyone who responded to this thread. The posts were both interesting and helpful.
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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Laurens » Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:54 pm

Its just a statue, kick its head off it you want to... You're not gonna hurt Buddhism
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Re: Buddha Statues facing East

Postby Guy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:51 pm

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm


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