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MoMo

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Re: Are Buddhist Idol worshippers?
« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2015, 02:41:11 PM »
Interesting debate on topic “Are Buddhist Idol worshiper?”. It makes me search for online the English meaning of the word “Idol”, a quick search on Dictionary.com resulted the following:
1. an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
2. Bible.
a. an image of a deity other than God.
b. the deity itself.
3. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration or devotion:
Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.
4. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
5. a figment of the mind; fantasy.
6. a false conception or notion; fallacy. 
Since in many prayers we do daily on invocation we requested the Dharmakaya being to enter into the statue or image on thangka and become inseparable.  We must view the statue or image as the rupakaya of and enlighten being which we must emulate to become one our-self. The image serve as a road map with various way points indicating the activities or needs he performed to result in all these marks and signs which all beings could achieve by following the instruction laid down by all Buddha of the past. It fit the first criteria and meaning #1, hence we Buddhist will fall into the category of being an idol worshippers !   

Dondrup Shugden

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Re: Are Buddhist Idol worshippers?
« Reply #31 on: March 30, 2015, 10:55:37 AM »
It is interesting and thank you MoMo for looking for the definition of an "idol" and from your illustrious findings, it sounds like all religious worship is a form of ''idol'' worshipping. 

So we need to conclude that all forms of religious worship is ''idolistic'' as even the bible is considered one and the imagination of the object of worship is also in the category of ''idol''.

What do you think?

Matibhadra

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Re: Are Buddhist Idol worshippers?
« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2015, 04:45:07 PM »
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So we need to conclude that all forms of religious worship is ''idolistic'' as even the bible is considered one and the imagination of the object of worship is also in the category of ''idol''.
What do you think?

Definitely. And also the mental image of the barbaric, cruel, revengeful, envious, bloodthirsty “god” of Jews, Christians and Muslims is an idol, just because it is a mental image.

Therefore, such Abrahamic followers are also idol worshippers and, according to their own genocidal scriptures, as opposed to Buddhist teachings, should be thoroughly exterminated.