My religion is Christianity and I went and experienced a service at a Buddhist Temple. I’ve always wanted to experience and take a class in meditation which Buddhist practice. I visited The “Wat Buddharangsi of Miami” and the sect here is the Theravada sect, which is one of the largest schools. The word “Thera” means old and the word “Vada” means giving life. The fundamental beliefs of Buddhism are the four Noble truths, one is that humans will suffer, suffering exists (Dukkha), two, there is a reason humans suffer, because of greed, (Samudaya), three, there will be an end to suffering (Nirodha) and four, if you want to end suffering follow the Eightfold Path (Magga). There were a lot of Buddhist that had some uncertainties with the beliefs of the Theravada sect therefore they joined the Mahayana sect. The Mahayana sect is the other large school of Buddhism, this sect differs from the Theravada sect because they believe that you need guidance to avoid Nirvana, which is a state of reincarnation. However, Theravada believes that you can only find your way to escape Nirvana by yourself.
A form of authority in Buddhism are the Buddhas who do not refer to themselves as gods, but they are people who have been enlightened, which brings their suffering to and end and end their cycle of death and rebirth. There are three Munks who currently live on the site and the community around them brings them food and all other essentials they need. The monks are celibate and they take care of the temple, give blessings and study therefore they need the community to take care of them. At the end of the rainy season the monks are supposed to stay inside for three months and not leave the compound, however they break the rules sometimes for safety re...
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...nced Buddhism and get to choose to be a Christian, rather than only being exposed to Christianity and me being a practicing Christian by default. I feel as if in the meditation we focused on peace and positivity thing rather than Christianity where most of the teachings is what you are doing wrong all the time. There was not anything that stroked me in a negative way but it was a little shocking to find out that Buddhist do not believe anything after life except for reincarnation they do not believe that humans have souls, that when we die its either reincarnation or you cease to exist. The only thing that went against my belief is bowing to the Buddha, the dharma and the Sangha because it is the Christian belief to not bow before anyone but God. This experience was an extremely positive one for me and I have learned a lot from removing myself out of my comfort zone.
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