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The Buddha Brothers

Traditionally, a Buddhist Shrine setup is always in odd numbers. They are arranged in a manner where there is a central figure for focal point. We see a central Buddha flaked by Bodhisattva on each sides or arhat on each side.

Therefore when I saw 2 buddha side by side, in a pair during my vacation in Seoul, I couldn’t help taking a photo. Especially the modern posture of an arm around each other. Brotherly love. Yeah!

Notice, the Buddha that are standing outside Seoul temples seems to wear a hat? Seems like a hat to me…. anyone has any clue?

twin buddha

I google 2 Buddha and found the following

lotus-sutra-shrine_81

Accordingly,

These statues symbolize Sakyamuni Buddha preaching the Lotus Sutra as revealed in Chapter 11 (Beholding the Stupa of Treasures) of the Lotus Sutra.  They are an Odaimoku tower inscribing “Namu Myoho Renge Kyo” in the center, a statue of Many Treasures Buddha on the right side and a statue of Sakyamuni Buddha on the left side.

I am not sure if there is any relation between the two pictures. Wished I had paid attention to check for plagues with explanation instead of busy clicking away at the camera…

Anyway for now, I have to settle for this explanation.

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My Buddhist name is Ratna Jamyang Puntsog. I first encountered Buddhism in this life when I was 12. Formally took ceremonial refuge in the triple gem when I was 19. I believe the different spiritual methods were taught by Buddha to suit various beings who each have their own unique characteristic. The various sects and practices that arose are just a naming convention invented by disciples out of communication necessity. Had read and studied different forms of Buddhism. Volunteered in Buddhist organization. Until it last, I hope to share my views on Buddhism and find like minded practitioners around the world. May we practice Buddha's instruction together and connect through cyber space!

2 comments on “The Buddha Brothers

  1. I am just curious about the hats. I another blogger post a while ago, there were Buddha statues wearing red hats. Have you ever heard of it?

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  2. I have not seen red hats on Buddha statue before. I think it’s a cultural artistic expression.

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