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Buddhism is the Coolio-est
Transcript of Buddhism is the Coolio-est
and Taylor Lamb BUDDHISM There are different types of Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism is basically atheistic but don't deny the existence of gods. In Mahayana Buddhism there are many deities, including Kuan Yin, the Medicine Buddha, the Laughing Buddha, and the Green and White Taras. World Buddhism Distribution
As you can see, it is mostly in China and southern Asia. 6% of the world's population are Buddhist.
That is about 360 million people. Buddhism was founded in India
around 2,500 years ago. That is
about 488 B.C. This is the religious symbol for Buddhism. After Buddhism was established, four main areas of pilgrimage sprouted up marking key location's in the Buddha's life. Since then, many other Buddhist pilgrimage destinations, and important locations, have been established. These include the Ajanta Caves, Bharhut, Kapilavastu, and Sanchi- all located in India. The Festival of Floating Bowls, or Loy Krathong, takes place at the end of the rainy reason- or more specifically, the full moon night of December. The people traditionally bring bowls made of leaves which contain flowers, candles, and incense sticks, and float them in the water. As they go, all bad luck is supposed to disappear. The traditional practice of Loy Krathong was originally meant to pay homage to the holy footprint of the Buddha on the beach of the Namada River in India. Thai Buddhists hold an Elephant Festival on the third Saturday in November. The Buddha used an example of a wild elephant that is harnessed to a tame one to teach that a person new to Buddhism should be helped by an older Buddhist. The first day of August is believed to be when the gates of hell are opened. It is believed that ghosts may visit the world for 15 days and food offerings are made during this time to relieve the sufferings of the ghosts. On the 15th day, which is called Ulambana or Ancestor Day, people visit cemeteries to make offerings to the departed ancestors. Why are these festivals important?? The Festival of Floating Bowls, or Loy Krathong, is important because not only does it strengthen religious belief, but it also has a positive effect on the community because everyone comes together to clean the waterways and launch the bowls.
The Elephant Festival is important because it enforces the Buddha's teachings and it also celebrates one of Buddhisms most precious and majestic symbols.
Ancestor Day is important because it is believed that salvation and relief is provided to hungry spirits. Important People Buddha- In 535 BC Buddha achieved enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. For the next decade he wandered India teaching anyone who would listen. By the time he died he had thousands of disciples, an order of monks, an order of nuns, and a huge public following. Ananda- He was the Buddha's cousin and one of his major disciples. Ananda memorized and recited the Buddha's teachings and because of this was known as the Dhammabhandagarika, or the treasurer of the teachings. Dalai Lama- The Dalai Lama is the leader of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. Tenzin Gyatzo is the current Dalai Lama., Buddhists do not have one holy text but instead have many scriptures and texts. Some of the major texts include the Tripitaka, the Mahayana Sutras, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Tripitaka means "three baskets" and it is a collection of ancient writings divided into three main sections. The Mahayana Sutras reflect the Mahayana concepts distinctively and were written in between 200 BCE and 200 CE. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is written by a Tibetan monk and describes in detail the stages of death in a Tibetan view. Buddhism was founded by Sidharta Gautama or "the Buddha", an Indian prince. Laughing Buddha Current Dalai Lama Viharas, monasteries, are the place of worship for Buddhists. They normally face south and have very vivid colors. They have many paintings of divine beings on the walls. Buddhist Practices and Customs
1) Meditation (The purpose of meditation is to stop the mind rushing about in an aimless (or even a purposeful) stream of thoughts.
2)Pilgrimage (The purpose of pilgrimage is to foster a spiritual discipline, to fulfill a vow or simply to travel.)
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"Buddhist Scriptures and Texts." Religion Facts. Religion Facts, n.d. Web. 28 Nov 2012. <http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/texts.htm>. By the way, here are some examples of Buddhists from our very own classroom! Jenny! And more Jenny! Just Jenny. Christine's not Buddhist One more Jenny! And.... James! That's All, Folks! Wait, where'd she go?! There she is! Jenny in our very own class room!