Buddhist symbols remind us of Buddha's remarkable sermonizing. Inside a Buddha’s Temple- the sanctum-sanctorum is termed as a shrine or a Buddha Hall. Just opposite to this divine room, an altar is placed. There are many beautiful things on the altar. Here we are mentioning some of them.
Peep surmise that Buddhists worship idols and the deities. However, this is untrue; they offer flowers and bow to Buddha in veneration and never worship the idols and the images. By doing so, they pay reverence towards his moralities and are inspired to become like him. Buddha images are not necessary, but they are helpful. The most important thing is to follow the Buddha's teachings.
There are many different kinds of Bodhisattva images that are formulated which showcase different Buddhas’s traits.
An idol of the Buddha with his hand resting in his lap reminds us to develop calmness within ourselves. However, a statue with the Buddha's right hand touching the ground shows determination.
Traditional offerings are basically for paying homage and cherishing Buddha’s deeds. These Traditional oblations are offered to accord respect to Buddha.
• Flowers- are offered as reminders of how quickly things change
• Light from lamps or candles- symbolizes wisdom
• Incense- reminds one to be peaceful
• Water- represents purity
• Food- reminds us to give our best to the Buddhas.
Dharma Instruments are used in traditional ceremonies and meditation. Each instrument has a specific use and meaning.
• Drums-announces ceremonies and keeps rhythm
• Bells- gives signals in ceremonies and meditation
• Gongs- announces ceremonies and activities
• Wooden fish-keeps rhythm while chanting
The lotus flower represents enlightenment narrated in the poem.
The lotus has its roots in the mud,
Grows up through the deep water,
And rises to the surface.
It blooms into perfect beauty and purity in the sunlight.
It is like the mind unfolding to perfect joy and wisdom.
The Bodhi Tree
The Bodhi Tree is a famous Pipal (Banyan)tree, a kind of fig tree found in India. After the Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree, it became known as the Bodhi Tree, the Tree of Enlightenment. This tree is nestled in Bodhgaya, where people visit to pay their respects to the Buddha. Although the parent tree is no longer alive, its grandchildren are still there around.
The Buddhist Flag
As the Buddha always used to sit beneath the Bodhi Tree after his enlightenment, six rays of light came out from his body and spread for miles around. The colors were illuminated into- yellow, blue, white, red, orange and a mixture of all the colors. Thereafter,The Buddhist flag was designed after these colors.
Stupas and Pagodas
Stupas and Pagodas are the historical monuments where the artefacts of Buddha, saints,nuns and high monks are preserved for the followers. People come and visit to show their respects in these divine vicinities. These relics are precious gems that remain after cremation of these renowned personages.
Following the Noble Eightfold Path can be compared to cultivating a garden, but in Buddhism one cultivates one's wisdom. The mind is the ground and thoughts are seeds. Deeds are ways one cares for the garden. Our faults are weeds. Pulling them out is like weeding a garden. The harvest is real and lasting happiness.