Letters

Why Not Dress Before Buddha Images?

Answer: In the absence of the Buddha in person, Buddha images are customarily taken to represent his presence, to serve as precious Dharma reminders. They are not meant to be mere decorative images. (Unfortunately, they are commonly abused for commercial purposes today.)

Thus, what we would not do before the Buddha in person, we should not do before his images — such as being uncovered, having sexual activities, sleeping in disarray, pointing our outstretched feet…

Of course, the Buddha in person, being fully enlightened and magnanimous would not mind any of this, even if we are deliberate