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



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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