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Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« on: July 30, 2017, 03:34:30 pm »
I'm looking for a Buddha statue that I can get consecrated at my local temple, but I'm having trouble finding hollow statues. Amazon.com has plenty of statues, but none of them (at least none I can find) specify that they're hollow.

If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 03:42:27 pm »
I'm looking for a Buddha statue that I can get consecrated at my local temple, but I'm having trouble finding hollow statues. Amazon.com has plenty of statues, but none of them (at least none I can find) specify that they're hollow.

If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks,
D

Hi dastaten,

Welcome.

I think you mean hallow not hollow.

In general, Buddhism is not really about worshiping consecrated statues.

Statues or rupas are there to remind people to stay mindful.

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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 03:54:32 pm »
I'm looking for a Buddha statue that I can get consecrated at my local temple, but I'm having trouble finding hollow statues. Amazon.com has plenty of statues, but none of them (at least none I can find) specify that they're hollow.

If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks,
D


Hi dastaten,

Welcome.

I think you mean hallow not hollow.

In general, Buddhism is not really about worshiping consecrated statues.

Statues or rupas are there to remind people to stay mindful.

With metta


No, I mean hollow. =)

http://www.drigar-dargyeling.com/web/index.php/services/consecration-of-buddha-statue
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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 04:01:21 pm »
I'm looking for a Buddha statue that I can get consecrated at my local temple, but I'm having trouble finding hollow statues. Amazon.com has plenty of statues, but none of them (at least none I can find) specify that they're hollow.

If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thanks,
D

Usually, the cast metal (brass, etc) statues you find in Indian/Himalayan gift store are of the hollow type and suitable for the consecrations you are interested in pursuing.

Look at ebay, too.  You can contact the vendor with questions about being hollow.

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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2017, 04:29:28 pm »
Got it. Thanks again, IdleChater!
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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 07:18:07 pm »
Got it. Thanks again, IdleChater!

No worries!

What temple are you working with?  The site you linked to is in Singapore.  Is your temple affiliated with that group?

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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2017, 07:34:01 pm »
Got it. Thanks again, IdleChater!


No worries!

What temple are you working with?  The site you linked to is in Singapore.  Is your temple affiliated with that group?


No, I just grabbed that link because the page explained consecration. The temple I'll be going to is Diamond Way in Clear Lake, Texas.

http://www.diamondway.org/clearlake/

I haven't actually been yet, as I just got back into Buddhism.
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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2017, 08:08:54 pm »
Got it. Thanks again, IdleChater!


No worries!

What temple are you working with?  The site you linked to is in Singapore.  Is your temple affiliated with that group?


No, I just grabbed that link because the page explained consecration. The temple I'll be going to is Diamond Way in Clear Lake, Texas.

http://www.diamondway.org/clearlake/

I haven't actually been yet, as I just got back into Buddhism.


Cool.

If you're interested in Tibetan Buddhism, there's an opportunity to hear teachings by one of the 16th Karmapa's leading students in San Antonio this fall.

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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 08:18:13 pm »
Got it. Thanks again, IdleChater!


No worries!

What temple are you working with?  The site you linked to is in Singapore.  Is your temple affiliated with that group?


No, I just grabbed that link because the page explained consecration. The temple I'll be going to is Diamond Way in Clear Lake, Texas.

http://www.diamondway.org/clearlake/

I haven't actually been yet, as I just got back into Buddhism.


Cool.

If you're interested in Tibetan Buddhism, there's an opportunity to hear teachings by one of the 16th Karmapa's leading students in San Antonio this fall.


Nice. So far I'm partial to Theravada, but I'm interested in learning more about all of the schools of Buddhism.
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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2017, 12:04:18 am »

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 So far I'm partial to Theravada, but I'm interested in learning more about all of the schools of Buddhism.


Hi dastaten,

The Buddhanet search facility might be useful for finding your nearest Theravada centre or practice group:

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/index.php


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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2017, 12:19:52 am »

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 So far I'm partial to Theravada, but I'm interested in learning more about all of the schools of Buddhism.


Hi dastaten,

The Buddhanet search facility might be useful for finding your nearest Theravada centre or practice group:

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/index.php


With best wishes,

Pixie


Thanks, Pixie. I just checked, and and it looks like all of the Theravada temples are too far to drive to on a regular basis. It's ok, though. I don't mind going to the Tibetan temple near me for now. Eventually I want to be well-versed in all of the forms of Buddhism. In the end I'll practice what I feel is right, possibly (or probably) even a mixture of the schools.
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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2017, 01:31:30 am »
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Eventually I want to be well-versed in all of the forms of Buddhism. In the end I'll practice what I feel is right, possibly (or probably) even a mixture of the schools.


Yes its helpful to get some idea of what the different traditions and schools teach.

I practiced Tibetan Buddhism for a long time, then became more interested in Theravada and the early Buddhist texts. However I  tend to practice a mixture of instructions from teachers of both traditions.


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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2017, 12:44:38 am »

No, I just grabbed that link because the page explained consecration. The temple I'll be going to is Diamond Way in Clear Lake, Texas.

http://www.diamondway.org/clearlake/

I haven't actually been yet, as I just got back into Buddhism.



Just look at this excerpt from the link you provided:

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In the Tibetan tradition, holy statues, stupas, and thangkas are blessed in a special consecration ceremony before they are used in religious practices. The ceremony must be performed by a qualified person who is knowledgeable and proficient in all the necessary rituals.
 
In the case of statues and stupas, holy articles such as mantras, precious stones, and other special objects are sealed inside the statue or stupa during the ceremony. When this is done, the deity is invoked and merged with the statues through the use of appropriate hand gestures, mantras, and visualizations.
 
In the case of thangkas (religious paintings of Buddhas, mandalas, and so forth), a ceremony is also performed in order to consecrate the object. The consecrated object becomes a living entity able bestow blessings and must always be respected as such. Contact our centre for details.



This is totally what the Buddha was strictly against: ceremonies, mantras, rituals, authority of people expert in rituals/ceremonies, holy objects... Man this is not what the Buddha taught. It's sad to know what Tibetan Buddhism is promoting in the name of the Buddha.

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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2017, 01:35:09 am »
... It's sad to know what Tibetan Buddhism is promoting in the name of the Buddha.
Nevertheless Tibetan Buddhism is buddhism. And there is even practice simillar to tibetan buddhism in countries that are not tibetan but follow theravada buddhism.

And even theravada monasteries have statues and worship the buddha in front of these.
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Re: Where can I find a hollow Buddha statue?
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2017, 01:59:17 am »
... It's sad to know what Tibetan Buddhism is promoting in the name of the Buddha.
Nevertheless Tibetan Buddhism is buddhism. And there is even practice simillar to tibetan buddhism in countries that are not tibetan but follow theravada buddhism.

And even theravada monasteries have statues and worship the buddha in front of these.

Well, that doesn't justify any of these practices. People in general need a god-like figure to rely upon and ways to make themselves feel like they did something to deserve the protection of that god-like figure; and so they eventually made a god out of the Buddha and invented ceremonies and rituals in Buddhism.

But two things are worth consideration: the Buddha always advised people to be an island to themselves; and even the Buddha himself took refuge in the Dhamma so I guess it makes sense to take the Dhamma as the ultimate thing to rely upon.

 


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