Buddhist worship takes many forms, but the one constant all Buddhists abide by is a devotion to the Buddha and his teachings, explains the BBC. Buddhists are to be mindfully aware of The Four Noble Truths and the magnitude of good karma. As for traditional temple worship, Buddhists often sit barefoot on the floor and face a statue of the Buddha while praying.Continue Reading
Buddhism is a very mindful religion, and is often considered a philosophy as well as a faith. Buddhism was founded when Siddhartha Gautama gave up his materialistic possessions to pursue a life of understanding. He became a monk, and worked to achieve mental enlightenment. When he claimed to have found this enlightenment, Gautama became known as the Buddha. The Buddha began to traverse India and teach others about his newfound clarity. Buddhists often reflect on these teachings using prayer aids, like beads and chants.
The Four Noble Truths provide a general template for the Buddha's teachings. The First Truth acknowledges there is suffering in the world. The Second Truth acknowledges desire and ignorance are the cause of this suffering. The Third Truth claims that by achieving Nirvana, or enlightenment, Buddhists can be free of suffering. The Fourth Truth emphasizes the paths Buddhists must take to achieve true understanding. Buddhist teachings also led to the widespread acceptance of the idea of karma. Karma claims that good deeds are rewarded and bad deeds are punished. Buddhists also believe in reincarnation.Learn more about Buddhism
Buddhist prayer is often more meditation, such as focusing on giving loving kindness to other people; therefore, Buddhists often pray by repeating certain mantras. Many Buddhists, such as those who practice Nichiren Buddhism, offer prayers to awaken the divinity inside themselves. Buddhists do not pray to a god or divine being outside of themselves because Buddhists generally believe that divinity is inside each person.Full Answer >
The Buddhists do not believe that the world was created, rather it has simply existed forever and continues to recreate itself. Buddhism teachings state that the world is in a constant state of Samsara, meaning the continued repetition of birth and death.Full Answer >
Although Buddhists do not practice the same rituals as Christians during Christmas time, some do celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Like Christians, Buddhists believe that love, kindness and peace are all things to celebrate.Full Answer >
China is home to the largest number of Buddhists, with approximately 50% of the religion's world-wide population within its borders, according to a 2010 study by the Pew Research Center. Thailand comes in second with 13%, followed by Japan and Burma which have 9% and 8% respectively. Less than 1% of the population in the U.S. is Buddhist.Full Answer >