A Buddhist temple is called a pagoda. During festivals and on full-moon days, Buddhists gather in pagodas to chant hymns and pray to Lord Buddha. They worship the five elements of nature, namely fire, wind, water, wisdom and the Earth.Know More
Typically, a pagoda is a wooden structure with several tiers, and they come in various shapes. Inside, they house statues of the Buddha and some candles along with incense burners.
A pagoda is usually built close to a “vihara,” or a guest house. In ancient times, Buddhist monks often traveled far and wide, and these pagodas and viharas served as places of worship and rest.Learn more in Buddhism
A Buddhist monk is known as a Bhikkhu, if male, or a Bhikkhuni, if female. A devotee must be at least 20 years old to be ordained, but can become a novice (known as a samanera or samaneri) earlier.Full Answer >
Buddhist scriptures are not contained within a single holy book, instead the teachings of Buddha are compiled into the "Tripitaka," which is a Sanskrit term meaning "Three Baskets." In Chinese, this compilation of ancient Indian sacred writings is called "San Zang," meaning "Three Storehouses."Full Answer >
There is no Buddhist bible. There are several Buddhist scriptures and teachings in existence, but few Buddhist scholars agree these are authentic. Bibles of other religions are thought to convey the word of that religion's god, but Buddha was a man and not a god, so there is no bible.Full Answer >
Unlike other religions, Buddhism does not use ceremonies or rituals to mark births or other special events and occasions. There may be rituals observed by Buddhist parents at birth that are specific to the country.Full Answer >