Buddhist Worship - Temples and Symbols

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Buddhist Temples

Buddhist Temples are found all over the world. They are built in large numbers in China, Japan and all over Asia. They comprise monks and nuns who live a rather extreme lifestyle. They live on donations by the people living near the temple.

A conventional temple will have a set of buildings. Each building has its own purpose. These are:

Buddhist Temples Symbolise 5 things:

  1. Fire
  2. Water
  3. Earth-symbolised by the square base.
  4. Water
  5. Wisdom

Sadafha Gatarma:

Sadafah Gatarma is often referred to as Buddha. He was the founder of Buddhism. Sadafah was a prince in Lumbini(Nepal). He was the prince of the Shakya Clans village of Kapilavatthu/kapilvastu (in the foothills of the Himalayas). Sadafah married at the age of 29 and had a wife and a child. However when he discovered the difference between a life of aristocratic luxury and life of suffering he left his family, wealth, power and inheritance.

After six years, around 528 BC, he believed the practices did not lead to greater understanding into the purpose of life. He abandoned them and concentrated on meditation. This enlightenment is called a state of "Bodhi," this lead to the name: "Buddha," or "enlightened one."

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The Buddha emphasized that he was not a moral god or any supernatural force and that there are no messengers of a god-prophets-and that enlightenment .

For the remaining 45 years of his life, he travelled the Gangetic Plain of central India (near the river Ganges), teaching his ideology of meditation practice to an immensely diverse range of people, from high ranking religious leaders to homeless beggars, even people from different religions. He founded the community of Buddhist monks and nuns (Sangha) to carry on Buddhism after his death.

After Suffering from a wide rage of illnesses, sadhafa ...

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