I have a small copy of this statue, the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, also, and it reminds me of the Buddhist doctrine of those who pledge themselves to forego their own salvation until all living beings who ever existed or will ever exist are saved---very Christian in my opinion. I, as I have written elsewhere, also believe that if Buddha and the Bodhisattvas had lived AFTER Our Lord Christ, they would, without doubt, be Catholic Christians.
My friend, your on dangerous ground. Buddhism is NOT sympathetic to Catholicism. Take it even from the late Holy Father, who despite his ecumenical obsession recognized Buddhism for its intrinsic 'nihilism.' His word, not mine.
In fact, ask any truthful Buddhist and they will tell you they DO NOT believe in a diety. They are absolutely atheists.
If Buddha had lived after Christ, I have no idea what he would have been. Perhaps he would have found the peace he sought in a Monastery, perhaps he wold have been a New Age guru a la Rudolf Steiner.
You are either a syncretist or courting syncretism. I note you started off as a Baptist. They protestant malady is never being satisfied with the spirituality you've got. You see it in many of the protestant converts to Catholicism who are trying to protestantize Catholicism, change it to their tastes. Beleive me, there's enough different tastes in Traditional Catholicism for all.
This has nothing to do with what may be 'naturally' good in other so-called religions. It has nothing even to do with adopting folks customs that may have had some religious context.
It has to do with your soul, and the danger you are putting it in by holding on to elements of pagan religions, religions that are in fact demon-inspired (Traditional Catholic teaching on such things-- not mine).
Take it from a former apostate. Hanging on to these things is very dangerous. As a former prod, you're even more in danger than I might be since I'm back to my cradle home. You might well always be plagued with a restless spirit regarding your faith because of the prod ethic you imbibed early on.
I say this in Charity, for to withhold the Truth would do you no good at all. I really know where you're coming from. Been there, done that, have the T-shirt.
I'll pray for you.
Another self-righteous Trad...