佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - Are images enshrined in the temple all bodhisattvas?
Are images enshrined in the temple all bodhisattvas?

 

Enshrined in the temple are Buddha and bodhisattva images. They

are there to inspire devotees, enabling the latter to initiate reverence

in mind on contemplation, to emulate the Buddha, and to be sincere

in offering.

The real bodhisattva is an individual who takes refuge in the Three

Jewels, practices the bodhisattva way with consistence, cultivates

blessedness and wisdom, helps and supports all living beings, and,

in the course of own life, never ceases to benefit the sentients and

continues to progress in the direction of bodhi. Hence the name. A

bodhisattva can be someone in our lives, not just an image enshrined

in the temple.