To non-Buddhists, it may seem that bowing or prostration to an image or statue of the Buddha is treating the Buddha as a god or supernatural figure. Actually, when a Buddhist bows or prostrates to the Buddha, this is how we show our humility, appreciation, and respect, for the Buddha as our teacher.
Buddhists look at the Buddha not as a god or supernatural figure, but as a respected teacher.Tweet
- The Buddha is a teacher because he understood the true nature of things and taught others
- He became a respected person because he vowed to liberate all sentient beings from suffering
- He showed humanity how to better themselves by teaching love, kindness, and compassion
When a Buddhist bows before the Buddha, they are doing the following:
- Reminding themselves of their own Buddha nature
- Examining their own mind
- Renewing their vow to remove any obstacles from their mind and life that prevent them from becoming enlightened
- Manifesting kindness and compassion
- Vowing to benefit all sentient beings
- Letting go of their own ego
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