A. The core of Buddhism is not to worship the Buddha but to realise that everything, including ourselves, is the Buddha. In other words, Buddhism is not to worship and pray to an imaginary being that is out of sight for mercy and happiness, but to realise that everything in sight around us is the Buddha we are looking for by seeing things as they really are.
In order to see things as they are, we should not be deluded by illusions. The virtual image of the Buddha is the most typical and strongest illusion that most Buddhists are attached to. The illusion of the Buddha hinders Buddhists from realising the true Buddha. This is why ancient masters advised their students to kill the Buddha. So, ‘killing the Buddha’ implies ‘removing the illusion of the Buddha’, or ‘not being deluded by the illusion of the Buddha’. What should be kept in mind is that the Buddha is formless and whatever can be killed is not the Buddha.
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1 thought on “Q. Zen meditation encourages people to kill the Buddha. If we have to kill the Buddha, what should we Buddhists worship?”
Yeah, I would advise against it. I killed the Buddha once, and then spent an entire weekend feeling really guilty about it. Now, I’m stuck worshipping a baked potato that I found as a replacement.
On the other hand, it’s not really that much of a difference. So…there’s that.