What are Buddhist Rituals and Practices?
incorporates a variety of rituals and practices
, which are intended to aid in the journey to enlightenment
and bring blessings on oneself and others. While some activities are
unique to certain expressions of Buddhism, there are others that are
found in most of the popular forms of the belief system.
For example, the practice of meditation
to nearly all forms of Buddhism, and it derives directly from the
Buddha’s experiences and teachings. Meditation is is the central focus
Buddhism and the only way to liberation in Theravada Buddhism. (Comparison Chart: Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism
In addition to meditation, the Mahayana schools of Buddhism have
developed a variety of other ritual and devotional practices, many of
which were inspired or influenced by the existing religious cultures of
India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet. (Also see Chinese Religion
, and Confucianism
Common Buddhist practices
The articles in this section provide an overview of some of the main
Buddhist sacred rituals and practices. Please click on a link to learn
more about the practice and scroll below for more articles on Buddhism.
Meditation in Buddhism refers to mental concentration and mindfulness.
Mantras refers to sacred sounds.
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures.
Prayer wheels assist in reciting mantras with the turn of a wheel.
These are used in nearly all expressions of Buddhism.
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