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What do you think about those people who kneel at buddha?

1 – wrong view?

2 – buddha won’t be happy seeing them kneel?

3 – kneeling show equal?

4 – why not sit and pray in heart but to kneel? underestimating buddha power? buddha in our heart?

5 – kneeling show worship? you love someone and they kneel in front of you what would you think?

6 – what do you think?

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red riter
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red riter

Those people are worshipping an idol (graven image).

mehereintheeast
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mehereintheeast

Well, I can’t speak for ALL schools of Buddhism, but for the most part it’s not about worship in the western sense of the word. Buddhist do not bow to shoe subservience or capitulation or the acknowledgment of superiority or deification. Bowing is a show of respect akin to the Salute given to the Flag of the untied states, the shaking of hands done in the west or the bow performed in most martial arts schools. The prostrations to the Buddha are done for many reasons. One a method of showing respect. A method for instilling humility. And most importantly,… Read more »

Kazuki643
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Kazuki643

hopefully they just mean respect by it. i know i would realize who respects buddha by simply kneeling and maybe saying a quick prayer or thank u and who worships him. they would go waaay over the top.

dennisanxa
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dennisanxa

First of all Buddha is not big belly. There is another god in Buddhism and Taoism that symbolizes prosperity and happiness. Thus he has a large belly to symbolize prosperity and abundance of food. He is always happy and sometimes with him there many children because Asian values family happiness. And children are a couples important wealth. People have different beliefs. Some pay their respect to prayer and kneeling. Sometimes through offerings. If there is really a god. Do you actually think he will punish the atheist who remains good, law abiding, helpful and treats his/her fellowmen well despite not… Read more »

Astro
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Astro

I don’t think anything about it.

Let everybody do their thing, what is the concern here?
Everything does not have to be analysed to death as though some know better than others.

It is not us and them. We are all connected, what you see is what you get.

Third P
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Third P

Believing their philosophy that human happiness cannot be found through material wealth is indeed a right view. Kneeling is a form of worship and respect to the founder of Buddha. I don’t think there is something wrong with that. Buddha would indeed be greatful worshipping his likeness. Gestures like sitting while praying are just forms of worship. What is important is you have relayed your message. It may be in any form – i don’t see any difference.

Thanks for asking. Have a great day!

Phoenix Quill
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Phoenix Quill

I usually think people kneeling at Buddha are Buddhists.

Sometimes I thank God they’re not Muslim.
😉

liza
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liza

Kneeling to someone or anything under the sun is an act of worship. Kneeling to buddha is the practice of budhism. But if you seek the Bible it tells us that it is an idolatry.

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future posthuman Archailect

In Buddhist theology, Buddha is NOT a god. It does seem at times, though, that he is still worshiped in much the same fashion, albeit perhaps not quite as fervently as other religions worship their gods and saviors. Still, in the Buddhist services I’ve attended with my wife, the focus was by and large on his teachings, not on worship. Of course, kneeling isn’t necessarily a form of worship, it could also be reverence or respect. Buddhism is not my religion (I’m atheist), so I don’t feel qualified to judge how others go about performing the rituals of their religion.… Read more »

Ikite no Shinjitsu
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Ikite no Shinjitsu

Okay, I love philosophy questions, both asking and answering, especially the asking. May I ask what religious beliefs you have? As for mine, I don’t really have them, I’m atheist. 1.) Yes, but Buddhists aren’t bad people; people aren’t what religion they are, it doesn’t really matter 2.) He can’t see them, he’s dead, now nonexistent 3.) No, they are showing submission 4.) Kneeling is symbolic; I mean, Christians bow their heads and close their eyes, it’s similar to that. I personally don’t think he has power, but they do. I guess, like any human, you can revere and respect… Read more »

operacats
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operacats

Buddha is all about the right way of living:
Right speech
Right work
Right thought
and Right turns in the Right lane at the Right time [lol]
I’ve studied most religions of the world and apparently THIS IS THE RIGHT ONE! [lol]

hotmommadru
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hotmommadru

every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus christ is Lord…not buddha sorry….big belly is out of the question….

lana s
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lana s

1. wrong view, that is worshiping an idol…….xx….

Judith
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Judith

I think that they are devout. To each his own.

Not Standing For It!
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Not Standing For It!

I think to myself, “Wow, that person kneels ‘at’ Buddha!”