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 BASIC BUDDHISM

Buddhism FAQs

Buddhists bow in front of Buddha images to express their gratitude. Buddha images are not idols but symbols of the highest human potential.

Buddhists also bow to their own Buddha nature, the Buddha inside. They touch the earth and turn their palms upward in a gesture of openness and humility. This purifies the body, mind, and spirit. 

It is said that when the Buddha left the palace, the first thing he did was cut off his hair and put on a yellow cloth. Since then, it has become a custom for monks and nuns to shave their heads when ordained. It reduces vanity and reminds them of their vows.

Making offerings is symbolic of honoring the Buddhas and reminds Buddhists to be generous. When making offerings, Buddhists wish that all beings will have all they need and to be well and happy.

The swastika is a symbol of good luck and auspiciousness in Jainism Hinduism, Buddhism, and many Native cultures.

Long ears signify wisdom and compassion. Since the Buddha is wise and compassionate, artists show him as having long ears. With his long ears, the Buddha can hear all the sounds of the world and respond with compassion.

It symbolizes the highest wisdom.

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