TdaxiaoBrazil 於 1 天前 發表
So here is the story. Last weekend I went to the city of Wuxi Jiangsu province and I visited a park with many gardens and an island in a big lake. The park was meh just so so. In the island there were many Buddha statues carved in the rocks and a Buddha temple in the middle of the island. The images were quite interesting and I took some photos of the carved Buddha statues. However some local people told me not to take photos of the image of Buddha. In some places (in visits to other temples including the Lama temple in Beijing) I noticed they have signs saying not to take photo.
But nowhere I saw an explanation why we shouldn't take photos of Buddha. Actually I looked it up on the internet it doesn't seem to have anything specific in the religion that prohibits taking photos. Is it that believers don't like it or find it disrespectful? Or is there any religion meaning that I'm missing?
So these are the buddhas I took photo of.
[–]AONomad 10 指標 1 天前
I’m guessing it’s an old stayover from the days of banning flash photography to preserve cultural artifacts and people just observe it without questioning the purpose
I went to the only Buddhist temple with a 800 year old carving of a “female reproductive organ” and it said no pictures allowed but you can bet I sneaked one in
[–]TdaxiaoBrazil[S] 4 指標 1 天前
[I’m guessing it’s an old stayover from the days of banning flash photography to preserve cultural artifacts and people just observe it without questioning the purpose]
That could be the reason. When I visited some churches in Ouro Preto Brazil the security guy told me no photos because they could damage the gold surface of some walls. He said he could allow photos without flash but most people are careless and don't turn off the flash.
Similarly when I visited the penguin parade in Philip Island Australia. People turn on their flashes on the penguins' faces scaring them. So they banned photographs.
[–]itoitoito 11 指標 1 天前
I was just told this recently too. I went to a temple and I took a lot of photos of the statues and no one said anything. There were signs in some areas of the temple complex that had the “no photo” icon so I didn’t take any photos there. The next day a Chinese friend told me chinese think it will bring you bad luck if you take a photo of the Buddha. I don’t think it’s “illegal” to do but just an old superstition they believe. I did get laduzi the other day so maybe I’m reaping the karmic consequences.
[–]AONomad 1 指標 15小時前
I’m just now recovering from a cold too hadn’t been sick in almost a year and a half— we might be on to something here
[–]Roysterdoyster 9 指標 1 天前
Some worshipers think it’s not ok to take a selfie with Buddha in the background or to take pictures of Buddha from a higher position.
As always in a foreign country hang back for 10 minutes watch the locals and follow accordingly.
[–]Gerald_Shastri 3 指標 1 天前
Mainly to preserve the serene atmosphere. People taking photos tend to be unmindful stand and block traffic and generally disturb the ambiance with flashes and camera noises. Taking a photo may also imply that the statue is a plain obxt to you. Then it is bad karma.
[–]BillyBattsShinebox 2 指標 23小時前
Am I the only one who has never noticed this in China? I've visited a bunch of temples/grottos etc and have taken a bunch of photos of Buddhas without ever being told not to. I'm not sure if I even remember seeing any "no photo" signs in Chinese temple.
[–]HotNaturedUnited States 1 指標 18小時前
I've seen it at every temple I've been to in Zhejiang Shanghai and Chengdu. Also in HK. I guess that's like... Around a dozen temples. Didn't see it in Thailand or Yunnan
[–]BillyBattsShinebox 1 指標 17小時前
Maybe I just instinctively ignore all signs while on Chinese soil
[–]enxiongenxiongUnited States 5 指標 1 天前
It is in the Pali Cannon: Thou shalt taketh no photograph of Buddha. Useth not thy camera nor thy smartphone.
These rules have just been around for thousands of years.
[–]LaoSh 3 指標 1 天前
Are there postcards with pics on them in the gift shop? There is your answer. Otherwise it's just superstitious types trying to push their beliefs.
[–]S1rkka -1 指標 23小時前
postcards aren't a thing in China.
[–]viborg 7 指標 1 天前
I don’t know but maybe you could try deferring on the side of respect? Or are your snapshots so precious to you?
[–]TdaxiaoBrazil[S] 4 指標 1 天前
I just wanted to understand the reason from the religion point of view. I could disregard the photos. They are not that important.
[–]enxiongenxiongUnited States 6 指標 23小時前
Because an enlightened being that has transcended the cycle of birth and rebirth and resides outside the physical universe in nirvana really gets upset if someone takes a picture of a statue of what people guessed he looked like 2000 years after he died.
[–]viborg 1 指標 23小時前
I don’t know but I’ve seen the same thing in Taoist temples so I don’t think it’s specific to Buddhism.
[–]ting_bu_dongUnited States 3 指標 21小時前*
This is my initial take on it. Be respectful of their religion.
But on the other hand these are tourist attractions.
I grew up Catholic. When my friend took his wife to Macau we went to see one of the churches in the tourist district. His wife went to take a photo and my knee-jerk reaction was "Woah hey don't do that! This is a church! There are people praying!"
But well I thought about it later and again: It's a tourist attraction.
If you are gonna shill out your religion for money should you expect people to take it solemnly and seriously?
[–]HotNaturedUnited States 2 指標 18小時前*
I think it's absolutely fine to take photographs in churches.
And it's weird too that they charge entrance fee at temples. If they can afford these massive solid gold buddhas... I guess it's just different strokes. Some people in catholicism think you have to tithe after all
[–]yy89 2 指標 1 天前
Maybe the same reasons some churches have no photos signs?
[–]JayTeeLaramie 1 指標 23小時前
This will sound like complete rubbish to most people but the reason comes from the belief that possessing the image likeness or for example the article of clothing of someone can be used as a way to influence or harm them. For example see the 1968 movie "Rosemary's Baby" or the novel upon which it was based a part of which included the blinding of one person and killing of another through a ritual that involved using one article of their clothing.
This belief exists in all cultures except during the most recent maybe 100 years of Western materialist cultures so it's not even that far removed from us.
And while a statue of the Buddha is not the same as a person the prohibition against photography in the temple in general which includes other things besides people stems from the aforementioned reasons.
Of course there could be other reasons such as restricting photography in order to maintain privacy and an atmosphere of solitude and reverence as well as allowing for charging money to take pictures.
But the actual reason is "soul stealing." That is a real thing according to everyone in the history of the planet except for the most recent period in Western countries so considering this superstitious is a minority opinion :)
[–]Grace2018319 1 指標 21小時前
Just respect for religion.Do not think it as a joke.
Some people often ignore thisof course it doesn't matter people from which countryeven some of them are Chinese. In China those places are considered the sacred area.People come here for prayers all Buddhas are like your Godpeople respect them and believe them once they enter a temple.
Some elders will tell you it's ominous to take photo of Buddha because they think Buddha is real.In fact maybe they just want us all to respect more.
In addition flash is harmful for cultural artifacts too including in museum or other places.
However if you travel to China and you really want to bring somethingyou can take a photo outside of the temple.Don't take a picture of the Buddha directly.
And calm down if you have taken photos through that way just let it go and don't do that next time.
[–]supercharged0708 1 指標 18小時前
Take as many pics as you like. Take selfies with them with the Snapchat filters and face swaps.
[–]fojiaotu 1 指標 16小時前
Religion and culture are overflowing with things you can and can't do just because and Buddhism is no exception.
I once visited a lovely little temple in Changchun. I bought one of those giant joss sticks for 200RMB and after getting it lit I walked up to the giant iron box thingy to stick it in there with all the other sticks.
After stabbing it down into the ash the joss stick tilted ever so slightly away from the temple within which was the seated Buddha.
An elderly woman immediately dashed up to me and scolded me for letting it lean away from the Buddha.
I smiled and told her that he probably doesn't mind but she was undeterred and wiggled it until she got it vertical.
[–]metheviewerSouth Africa 1 指標 15小時前
Those fuckers just want you to buy photos from them. All the tourist trap "ancient wonders" are like that.
How much do they charge for entrance again? Over 200 kuai IIRC.
[–]bigbosslaowaiBest Korea 1 指標 1 天前
No photo signs are everywhere but every zhou Wang and Li still got their cameras out.
[–]CannalyzerMacau 1 指標 1 天前
Not Buddha related but when I went to the Forbidden City around 15 years ago there were signs everywhere saying 'No Photos' which were roundly ignored by all Chinese tourists. Naturally as soon as I pulled out my camera an usher ran over to tell me "No Photos". I just ignore messages like that now.