As my site visit project I chose to visit the temple of “Wat Budharamgsi of Miami” which practices Thailand Buddhism. Buddhism is truly unlike most western religions which I have experience with. It is very compassionate and open in its teaching, this is very well expressed through the temple and its followers. Their teachings and practices focus around the three jewels gems, the eightfold path, the four noble truths and center on the five precepts. The immense temple is very active in its community and not only provide practitioners with their needs for their practices but in other ways as well such as, sharing free food to the public.
Their fundamental beliefs and practices somewhat focus on the repetition of their teachings. They see the Buddha as a teacher and also somewhat of a hero. The Buddha abandoned a life of riches and no suffering in order to find truth and understand how to deal with suffering. After an…show more content… Some events are very flamboyant and cheerful such as the Asian culture festivals and Thai New Year’s water festival. On the Thai New Year’s water festival, water is used to cleanse bad luck and eight precepts meditation are held. On the Asian Culture Festival arts and crafts are held, traditional dancers perform and even Asian foods are provided. The most important religious ceremony held must be “Visakha Bucha Day”. Visakha Bucha Day represents the day Buddha was born, the day he became enlightened and even the day he died through food poisoning. During the full day ceremony practitioners chant the 8 precepts as well as listen to the monks teach Dharma. They also hold some events celebrating important Thai historical figures or events such as the temple’s anniversary. The great amount of events held truly further emphasize the influence they have on their community and show their dedication to provide a meaningful