Buddha Statues Can Create Miracles
Why should you get a Buddha statue? This is an excellent question that is asked by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. However, the Buddha statue in itself is not an idol to be worshiped. Instead, devotees can can draw inner strength from their Buddha statue.
As a result, a miracle can come from within and it is even more effective if it happens this way. This is because increasing your morality will increase the good things that happen to you. Your thoughts and actions will produce kammic results which are beneficial.
This is a core teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha. It should be noted that he is the Buddha of our time and for us he is the ultimate authority. The teachings of Shakyamuni are found in the Pali Canon and I will reference them here. Referencing the Buddhist texts is the best way to gain knowledge of Buddhist virtues. By referencing the definitions of different virtues in the Pali Canon it is possible to connect them with statues.
Fundamental understanding of virtue and it’s incorporation into your daily routine will bear fruit in all aspects of a person’s life. In order to accomplish this one must instill virtue into their “mental body and consciousness”. As a result, your thoughts and actions will change little by little. This is not so easy. However, visual stimulants such as Buddha statues help you stay on the right path.
Buddha Statues Enhance Faith
Faith is one of the most important virtues that is represented by a Buddha statue. The Pali term for faith is “saddha” and the opposite of faith is doubt or “vicikiccha”. Additionally, faith is labeled a “beautiful mental factor” in the Pali Canon. It’s characteristic is trust and it’s function is to clarify. For example, faith is compared to a water clearing gem which causes muddy water to become clear. Faith is manifested as “non-fogginess” and the removal of the mind’s impurities. By eliminating doubt, a person can do amazing things which may previously have seemed impossible.
In the Pali Canon, faith is strongly associated with another beautiful mental factor called “proficiency”. The function of proficiency is to crush the unhealthiness of consciousness and the mental body which is caused by “lack of faith”. Proficiency is manifested as an “absence of disability” and the result is a healthy and optimally functioning mind. Having a healthy mind will bear other fruits such as mental tranquility, neutrality and malleability which are also beautiful mental factors. A healthy mind will benefit all aspects of a person’s life, not only spiritual realization.
Faith In The “Triple Gem”
The Buddha taught all Buddhists to have unshakable faith in the “Triple Gem”. The three elements of the Triple Gem are Shakyamuni Buddha, the sangha and the Dhamma. In other words, the Triple Gem consists of the Buddha of our time (Shakyamuni), the worldwide community of Buddhists including both monastics and lay Buddhists (sangha) and the teachings of the original Buddha (Dhamma). Shakyamuni Buddha taught that doubt in the Triple Gem is considered a terrible sin or defilement. This is because lack of faith results in moral fearlessness and it is a form of ignorance. Ignorance is the foundation of all defilements and they will proliferate without faith. Therefore, one must have faith in the Triple Gem.
The instillation and practice of virtue has many benefits. The Buddhist law of cause and effect explains that the benefits you obtain are a result of your own actions. As a result, benefits are not only incurred by the practitioner of virtue but also those who come in contact with the practitioner.
Which Buddha Statue will Enhance Faith and Proficiency?
The ultimate example of overcoming doubt is displayed by the accomplishments of Shakyamuni Buddha. His faith was unshakable throughout his life. For example, he renounced his kingdom and went to live in the forest as a renunciant when he was 29 years old. As a renunciant he endeavored to end the suffering of all sentient beings. As a result, he lived in extreme destitution and endured many hardships.
Certainly his faith was severely challenged at these difficult times. However, even as he was on the verge of enlightenment he was confronted with the ultimate temptation from his personal demons. Unquestionably, Shakyamuni Buddha is the best Buddha statue to instill faith and overcome doubt.
The mudra that Shakyamuni used as he was on the verge of enlightenment is called the Bhumisparsha mudra or the “earth touching” mudra. He preformed this gesture as he permanently vanquished his personal demons (also known as “Mara”). The gesture was performed in order to call the earth goddess to witness the ultimate defeat of the defilements. Certainly the achievements of Shakyamuni were the ultimate victory for faith and the proliferation of virtue for sentient life.
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