Based on this chapter!

#3: Pilgrim: Pilgrim talks about the underlying beliefs of Buddhism, and the role of the arts within these traditions. On p. 139 he recounts a Zen tale, in which “a Buddha-statue is used for fire-wood,” the message being that the Buddha-statue can help us on the path to enlightenment, but that we shouldn’t confuse ourselves into thinking that the statue itself has any real importance. In fact, sometimes we focus too much on the symbols of what we love and worship, to the point where they can distract us from the real thing.

Would you be able to “burn” the “Buddha-statues” of your life? Could you destroy the sacred images or objects that you treasure? Imagine doing so…. Can you see any benefit to doing so?

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