Unlike other religions, Buddhism does not use ceremonies or rituals to mark births or other special events and occasions. There may be rituals observed by Buddhist parents at birth that are specific to the country.Continue Reading
In Buddhism, events such as births, marriages and deaths are regarded as secular rather than religious events and so no specific ceremonies have been developed for them. Some ceremonies, however, are specific to particular countries and the spread of Buddhism to the West has resulted in the practice of some rituals.
In Sri Lanka, Theravedic Buddhists will choose a full moon or favorable day to take a newborn child to the nearest temple,. The baby is then placed on the floor in order to receive blessings.Learn more about Buddhism
Some Buddhist quotes are "What you think you become" and "No one can purify another." In addition, Buddhist quotes often pertain to peace such as "You will be punished by your anger" as well as to suffering in life such as "Pain is certain, suffering is optional."Full Answer >
Contemporary Buddhist leaders include the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Ven. Bhikkuni Kusuma and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Born in 1935, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is arguably the most famous among them.Full Answer >
A Buddhist temple is called a pagoda. During festivals and on full-moon days, Buddhists gather in pagodas to chant hymns and pray to Lord Buddha. They worship the five elements of nature, namely fire, wind, water, wisdom and the Earth.Full Answer >
A Buddhist monk is known as a Bhikkhu, if male, or a Bhikkhuni, if female. A devotee must be at least 20 years old to be ordained, but can become a novice (known as a samanera or samaneri) earlier.Full Answer >