A Buddha Statue is Not an Idol

Posted On : February 20th, 2012 by admin

Buddha statues are not worshiped by Buddhists but stand as a focal point for meditation, a symbol of truth, and the path toward enlightenment.

Buddha is not and never was the name of a man, but an honorific bestowed upon a man named Siddhartha Gautama. Buddha means ‘one who has awakened to the truth.’

Born into a wealthy family in India around the 5th century BC, young Siddhartha was a cossetted prince. His doting parents, hoping to spare him life’s pain and suffering, sheltered him from anything unpleasant, anything that would cause him to wonder if life was not perfect in every way. He knew nothing of poverty, disease, death, or any of the common problems of everyday life.

When, as a young man, he wandered off and observed the suffering of others first hand, he abandoned his privileged place to seek the life of an ascetic in search of truth. After years of wandering the county-side living a life of deprivation, Siddhartha decided to seek a middle way. He thought there could be a compromise between abject self denial and life in the normal world.

After much meditation, Siddhartha became an enlightened one – Buddha.

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