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Select and explain the religious rituals which might be performed when a Buddhist visits a temple.

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Select and explain the religious rituals which might be performed when a Buddhist visits a temple In all schools of Buddhism, worship, whether on your own or inside a temple is considered a vital part of every day life. Inside a Buddhist temple, different kinds of worship and ceremonies take place. Mahayana worship tends not to be congregational, although there are opportunities to get together in shared activities. Offerings are made at the shrine as a mark of respect to the Buddha. Usually, seven different types of offerings are made at the shrine - two bowls of water, essential for drinking and washing, symbolise hospitality. Other offerings are white flowers, incense, lamps, perfume and food. These represent the five senses. Occasionally, all seven bowls will contain water and be symbolic of the seven offerings. In Theravada Buddhism worship may take place either at home or in the temple. No lay believer is obliged to visit a temple, although most of them do. Most lay believers will have their won shrines at home. The bhikkus worship in the shrine and meditation rooms of the vihara, usually once in the morning and once in the evening. Lay believers attend whenever they can, preferably once a day in Theravadin countries. ...read more.


This tries to teach a Buddhist to approach everyday life in a religious view and helps a Buddhist think carefully about the consequences of their actions. The next step of the eightfold path is right speech. This teaches Buddhist to be truthful, kind and speak only positively. A Buddhist isn't expected to waste time in general meaningless chat, gossip, lies and speaking harshly of others, a Buddhist is expected to avoid bringing harm and suffering to themselves and others and to only speak when something useful is to be said. Buddhists are taught to value silence. The next aspect is right action, this is following the five precepts. These are the basic rules for all Buddhists. By following the five precepts, and therefore the fourth part of the Eightfold path, a Buddhist is following the moral and ethical rules for everyday life. They form the basis of how a Buddhist lives their life not to steal, harm any human beings, mis-use drugs, drink alcohol, lie, kill any living things and over indulge their senses. By living a life which follows the fifth step of the eightfold path a Buddhists can earn a living without going against Buddhist teachings. An example of this would be a Buddhist could become a teacher but not a butcher. ...read more.


Another difficulty is that a Buddhist boy will be expected to spend sometime in the Sangha being a monk, and it is rare to find a Sangha in Britain. Also for Buddhist children it will be difficult to learn about their religion at school as most schools will teach the pupils of Christian festivals. But a solution to this is that the Buddhist children should be taught about their religion at home and boys should be sent to a Buddhist country to a Sangha to spend time as a monk(but this can cause financial problems and that the child maybe separated from their family for an amount of time which can cause emotional strain). Throughout answering this question I have tried to find solutions which may help try and resolve the difficulties which arise in the life of a Buddhist living in Britain. There is one view that is a Buddhist cannot possibly lead a Buddhist life in Britain due to problems such as festivals, education etc. However there an increasing amount of Buddhist temples being built in Britain and the fact that worship at home is perfectly acceptable for a Buddhist and as long as the Buddhist is frequently worshipping and keeping up Buddhist traditions and customs than although there are set backs a Buddhist can lead a good religious life in Britain. A pilgrimage will also help a Buddhist understand more about their religion and give them a great feeling of religious closeness. ...read more.

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