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The Buddhapadipa Temple

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Introduction

History of Buddhism -the life of the Buddha When Siddhartha Gautama was born a wise man came to his father, the king, and told him that his son would either be a great king or a great holy man. The king was worried, he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps and become king. So Siddhartha was raised in luxury and his father made sure nothing would trouble him so that he would learn to love all the earthly things and would not choose to give everything up and become a holy man. He was married to a beautiful princess of a neighbouring country and they had a son, but he was not happy. One day he went out with his chariot to see the town. As he came near the town he saw a frail old man, he was distressed by this as he had never seen anyone who was old. He went back to the palace but the next day he went out again. This time he saw a sick man. He had never seen anyone who was sick, only healthy people were aloud into the palace, it distressed him deeply, so he went back to the palace again but the next day he went out again but this time he saw something that trouble him a lot. ...read more.

Middle

In the Buddhapadipa Temple There were 3 buildings and a large area of grounds with a lake. The first building was where the monks ate and slept. It had all the basic facilities that a house would provide, a kitchen, 9 bedrooms (1for each monk) toilets and a dining area. The main building was the temple. I was a beautiful white building with a red and gold roof. There was a large quiet room which they used for meditation. It has an alter which on it has the statue of the Buddha as he is their teacher, candle to symbolise the light of wisdom, lotus and incense to pay respect. They use this room mainly when it is cold as they also use the gardens outside. In the temple upstairs there is a large room with a mural describing the Buddha's life but also including signs of evil as it has the eyes of Mara on either side of the door. The mural also includes famous people from modern day life such as Margaret Thatcher and George Bush Senior as it makes us, young people, relate to the stories. There is also a very large shrine with a jade Buddha on it. ...read more.

Conclusion

To have such commitment to their religion is inspiring as they have left all there friends and family to come to England and teach others about their religion does she impeccable commitment. Evaluation of my Experience I enjoyed the visit very much as it gave me an insight into a different religion. It gave me much to think about as to me, to live in such a way as to have no possessions and to spend hours on end in meditation trying to reach nirvana seems very hard but the man who gave us the talk who had been a monk for 19 years thoroughly enjoyed it. I found that everyone there was very hospitable and kind and it made me think that maybe if everyone was Buddhist then we would have no wars as everyone would be at peace with what they had and with others. Yet I can see how difficult it must be to give up everything and worship a religion that some people say isn't actually a religion as you have no god. The whole visit taught me things that I wouldn't have been able to learn I a lesson out of a text book, but, to have seen it with my own eyes makes me think that I will remember all I have learnt. ?? ?? ?? ?? Marianne Tavabie 9W ...read more.

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