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Microtheme-IV - Microtheme 4 1. After a sculpture of Buddha...

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Microtheme 4 1. After a sculpture of Buddha was made, to show respect to Buddha and his teachings, there would be an eye opening ceremony in which the pupils of the statue would be dotted to the accompaniment of invocation rites and offerings. It was believed that a ceremony like this would transform the statue, into the actual deity. These deities were now worshipped with offerings of things like food and flowers. (RCP 261) 2. Once, when a King saw Buddha, he came and put his forehead on Buddha’s feet then circled him three times before kneeling down before him with his palms joined, as if asking for his blessings. (RCP 265) 3. A king had ordered a community of monks to go to Fengxiang. They had been ordered to go there and bring back Buddha’s bone. All the temples of the kingdom had been told to prepare for worshipping the bone one by one as the King would watch from a tower. It was believed that this would bring some blessing or some reward. (SCT 583-584) 4. True followers of Buddhism, abandon their lords and their parents for the company of
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