By Philip Wilkinson
This outstanding e-book explores the heritage and perform of Buddhism, starting with the lifetime of Buddha and carrying on with to the unfold of Buddhism from Asia to the Western international. appealing pictures convey the rituals, artifacts, and structure which are vital to the Buddhist culture.
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Non-Buddhist meditating in a semilotus position Japanese woman creating an ikebana display ELEGANT OFFERINGS Buddhist flower offerings do not have to be presented in an elaborate way, but Japanese Buddhists developed a tradition for beautifully arranged offerings. Ikebana grew from this practice. These elegant arrangements are now popular among non-Buddhists worldwide. 60 “Think of not thinking of anything at all. ” GOLDEN BOY This section from a shrine frieze in Bangkok, Thailand, includes an image of British soccer player David Beckham (above right).
To make offerings, but their faith goes further than this. It affects their whole lives. When the Buddha described the Noble Eightfold Path, he meant for its eight parts to influence every. activity. Whether Buddhists are at home, at work, or on vacation they try to live according to their beliefs. Above all, Buddhists try to act in a caring way. They think positively, help others, and promote peace. In doing so, they hope to build up merit to improve their next rebirth. Buddhists also hope to make the world a better place for everyone to live in.
They give up sexual contact, live in monasteries, and practice meditation. Monks and nuns, however, are not isolated from the world. In addition to teaching, some members of the sangha help to run health clinics, take care of orphaned children, or care for the elderly and the sick. “The homeless wanderer … is content with little, easily pleased … not addicted to society, energetic, independent, solitary, perfect in hisÂ€conduct …” MILINDAPANHA Laymen and monks DAILY DUTIES Every day, monks like these in Thailand meet to chant verses from the sutras to honor the Buddha.