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Buddhist Worship & Meditation
Transcript of Buddhist Worship & Meditation
How do they worship?
Buddhists can worship both at home or at a temple. It is not considered essential to go to a temple to worship with others.Worshippers may sit on the floor barefoot facing an image of Buddha and chanting. It is very important that their feet face away from the image of Buddha.
Worship at home
Buddhists will often set aside a room or a part of a room as a shrine. There will be a statue of Buddha, candles, and an incense burner.
Worship in a temple
Buddhist temples are designed to symbolise the five elements:
Fire, Air, Earth, Water, Wisdom. Worshippers may sit on the floor barefoot facing an image of Buddha and chanting. They will listen to monks chanting from religious texts, perhaps accompanied by instruments, and take part in prayers.
Meditation is a mental and physical course of action that a person uses to separate themselves from their thoughts and feelings in order to become fully aware. Meditation occupies a central place in all forms of Buddhism
What is Buddhist meditation?
The purpose of Buddhist meditation is to stop the mind rushing about in a constant stream of thoughts. People often say that the aim of meditation is to still the mind. There are a number of methods of meditating methods which have been used for a long time and have been shown to work. People can meditate on their own or in groups.
The purpose of meditating in a group reminds people that they are part of the Buddhist community. However meditating on your own can feel more peaceful and relaxed.