For 300 years after Buddha’s death there were no Buddha images. The people’s practice was the image of the Buddha, there was no need to externalize it.
Over time, as the practice was lost, people began to place the Buddha outside of their own minds, back in time and space. The dual nature that we are somehow separated.
As the concept was externalized and images were made, great teachers started to reemphasize the other meaning of Buddha. Mainly the Buddha is Truth and lives within each mind and heart or “the heart/mind”.
The Buddha’s mind is his heart,
his heart~his mind.
There is a saying:
If you see the Buddha, kill him.
Very shocking to people who offer incense and worship before his image.
If you have a concept in the mind of a Buddha outside yourself, kill it or, more gently said, let it go. . . . Buddha repeatedly reminded people that the experience of truth comes from one’s own mind.
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