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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. But in time, as the practice was lost, people began to place the Buddha outside of their own minds, back in time and space.
As the concept was externalized and images were made, great teachers started to reemphasize the other meaning of Buddha. There is a saying: "If you see the Buddha, kill him." Very shocking to people who offer incense and worship before an image. If you have a concept in the mind
of a Buddha outside yourself, kill it, let it go. . . . Gotama Buddha repeatedly reminded people that the experience of truth comes from one's own mind.

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Comment by rae on November 8, 2013 at 6:53pm

what a perfect reminder to looking within for the answers. thank you.

Comment by Trevor W. G. on June 11, 2012 at 2:32am

But if you see Christ...Crucify and Consume him through CommUNION!

Consciousness, constructs, creates, conceives, controls but never holds, only rolls, spins, flips and folds. :D 

"Kill the Buddha!" got to be one of my favorite quotes ever. It always makes me laugh, but the insight provided to the quite mind is invaluable. To me a major aspect of this qute is the necessity of Non-attachment; to Ideas, Idols, and even Self!

Thank you Sunmover!

p.s. Beautiful! is your description of Consciousness. This is also the term that I use to indicate the Universal Nature of Universal Nature :) We share a similar vision of existence my friend, I think.

Comment by Ommi on June 9, 2012 at 4:34am

Brilliant.........Jai Satchitanand.................OM


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Comment by anki on June 8, 2012 at 5:05pm

wow that is very deep and it does make sense. just never thought about it this way.

interesting and profound. 

thank u

Comment by Sunmover on June 8, 2012 at 9:32am

THE “LIGHT” is consciousness. Consciousness is one, manifesting in legions of forms or levels of consciousness. There is no one that is not all that is, for consciousness, though expressed in an infinite series of levels, is not divisional. There is no real separation or gap in consciousness. I AM can­not be divided. I may conceive myself to be a rich man, a poor man, a beggar man or a thief, but the center of my being remains the same regardless of the concept I hold of myself. At the center of manifestation there is only one I AM manifesting in legions of forms or concepts of itself and “I am that I am.”

When you know that consciousness is the one and only reality—conceiving itself to be something good, bad, or indifferent, and becoming that which it conceived itself to be—you are free from the tyranny of second causes, free from the belief that there are causes outside of your own mind that can affect your life.

In the state of consciousness of the individual is found the explanation of the phenomena of life. If man’s concept of himself were different, everything in his world would be different. His concept of him­self being what it is, everything in his world must be as it is.

Thus it is abundantly clear that there is only one I AM and you are that I AM. And while I AM is infinite, you, by your concept of yourself, are dis­playing only a limited aspect of the infinite I AM.

Neville  Goddard

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