Q138: Hi Master Lu. We would like to invite an image of Guan Yin Bodhisattva to our home. Can we photograph the statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva in a temple, and then print the image to pay respects and make offerings on the altar at home?


  • It is best not to photograph statues or images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. You can invite the image of Guan Yin Bodhisattva from Guan Yin Tang Culture Centre[1] for your altar at home.
  • If you must take a photograph, you should first make an incense offering and sincerely ask Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for permission. You can then recite the Great Compassion Mantra (Ta Pei Chou) 7 times, Heart Sutra (Hsin Ching) 7 times, and Eighty-eight Buddha Great Repentance (Li Fo Ta Chan Hui Wen) 7 times. Wait until the incense has finished burning before you begin to take photographs. Photographs should not be taken while the incense is still burning, as this would be very disrespectful to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
  • It is best if you do not take photographs of yourself with statues or images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, as well as Dharma instruments. This would also be disrespectful.
  • Basically, it is best to avoid taking photographs frequently. Please avoid using flash when you take photographs, particularly for young children. Taking photographs too frequently would cause your souls and spirits to be scattered and incomplete.

[1] If you would like to invite the images of Bodhisattvas that we have, please contact the Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door Secretariat at <[email protected]>.


[Updated 2012.07.05]