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August 25, 2011

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Would this ice Buddha qualify as idolatry? http://allezallie.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/ice-buddha-at-the-rubin-museum/
Did the Buddha complain about idolatry? I thought that was mostly an Old Testament problem.

I fervently disagree with Imperishable Night regarding statues of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. They are precious vehicles for teaching, just like the Canon(s). Go to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology http://www.penn.museum/about-us.html and spend some time in the Buddhism Gallery for a taste of stolen treasure.

(Apropos of the documentary: it's rather awful to watch all those giant Buddha statues. If they demolished every single "Buddhist wonder" verily a great service would be done to the buddha-dharma. People and their idolatry. The more golden Buddhas they build, the further from them will be the truth that this Mind is the Buddha. And the woman that presents the documentary seems to be excited about every damn thing, even if it's worth as much as pigeon shit. Oh a king built a giant Buddha, orgasm! I think the documentary does a disservice to the buddha-dharma because it presents it as a cult of clueless shavelings worshipping golden statues.)

Clyde, the triple gem sangha includes only ariya-puggala - never puthujjana or worldlings. One who is ariya-puggala is at least a sotapanna (a stream winner). They have entered the supermundane path to nirvana.

Imperishable Night; You wrote that a “true sangha” consists of “noble ones (arya-pudgala)”. Is it your view that noble ones are awakened human beings, so that a true sangha consists of only awakened human beings? It is my understanding that the Buddha’s sangha includes both those who are awakened and those who, as best they’re able, practice the Buddha’s Teachings – which means that they’re not perfectly ‘noble’.

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