Origin of Buddha Statue 佛像的由来

Sri Lanka style Buddha Statue

佛像的由来

在很久很久以前,佛祖释迦牟尼佛 曾居住在波斯匿王的国土上,并受到波斯匿王虔诚的供养。
一天,佛陀升上忉利天,去为其生母摩耶夫人说法,以报答母亲养育之恩。这一去,就是九十天………。
波斯匿王是极其虔诚的佛弟子,一连九十天没有见到佛陀,未听到佛陀说法,他感到怅然若失,心中似乎无依无靠。波斯匿王思念佛陀,吃不下,睡不着,急切地盼望着能早日见到仁慈的佛陀。
波斯匿王实在忍不住了,便用珍贵的牛头旃檀雕了一尊如来像。此佛像雕得精致无比,容貌神态与佛陀维妙维肖,双目慈悲地注视众生,如同佛陀在为众生说法一般,且芳香四散,沁人心睥。波斯匿王见到这尊如来像,就如同见到了佛陀一样,心生欢喜。
波斯匿王将雕好的佛像置于佛陀的座位上,每天供养、礼拜。如此,他想念佛陀之心才得到了安慰。
却说佛陀释迦牟尼在忉利天宫为母亲说法,不觉一晃就过去了九十天。其母劝佛陀赶紧回去,因为众生不能离开佛陀的教诲。佛陀深以为然,便辞别摩耶夫人,回到自己的精舍。
佛陀一进房门,只见一尊佛像离座起身,前来迎接。佛陀用 法眼观这佛像来历,心中释然,便恭敬地对佛像说: “请您坐回原来的座位吧。”
随即,释迦牟尼佛对众弟子宣布道: “我涅盘后,此佛像可以为四部弟子; 即 比丘、比丘尼、优婆塞、优婆夷做法事。”
佛陀说完,那佛像便坐回原来的座位。
这尊佛像就是众佛像之始祖。 后人凡做佛像,均仿效这尊佛像。
之后,佛陀不再住原来的精舍,而将佛像安置于精舍之中,自己则移到一边的小精舍中居住,与佛像相距二十步左右。
释迦牟尼佛的 祗洹精舍本有七重,诸国崇敬佛法,争先恐后供养佛,来听佛讲法之人络绎不断….。
有一天,精舍有只老鼠偷吃灯油,碰翻油灯,引燃幡盖,大火遂起。一刹时间,熊熊烈火便吞没了七重精舍。诸王及臣民见状,无不捶胸顿足,痛心不已。众人只道那殊胜的旃檀佛像必毁无疑,日后再也雕不出第二尊如此美好的佛像了。
大火接连烧了五天。火灭后,众人惊喜地发现,东边小精舍竟幸免于难,一点儿也没有被燃烧的痕迹。众人推开小精舍之门,那旃檀佛像 仍端坐无恙,毫无损伤。
众人均以为是奇迹,心生大欢喜,遂礼拜供养,重新建造精舍。那尊佛像又被安置在精舍中。自此以后佛像之流传如雨后春笋般的传遍开来………

Kandy, Sri Lanka ~ King of Monk

Mar 2011, When we were in Kandy, Sri Lanka, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the Malwatu Maha Viharaya temple, where we met the King of Monk. During the visit, his venerable presented to us a Buddha statue.

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