Sunday, 4 April 2010

Candles in Buddhism

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
The Buddha

There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle”
Robert Arden

Candles are an age old traditional part of Buddhist rituals. In conjunction with incense and flowers, candles are placed in front of Buddhist shrines or statues and images of the Buddha as a mark of respect. They are often accompanied by offerings of food and drink. The light of the burning candle flame represents the light of the Buddha's teachings.

Candles and incense also evoke the state of impermanence and change .The light from a candle can also be said to symbolize the enlightenment of the Buddha.

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