Rituals + Practice

 

Purpose and Use of Spiritual Tools

Spiritual tools are practical items that help us discover and nurture inner peace. They have been used for thousands of years to enhance meditation rituals, prayer and personal... Read More

 

What is the role and concept of meditation in Buddhism? 

The Dhammapada, Buddhism’s sacred text containing the teachings of Gautama Buddha, says: All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded on our... Read More

 

Why do we burn incense in Buddhist rituals?

Incense burning is an ancient religious ritual common to Egypt, India and East Asia. It is steeped in symbolism. In Buddhism, it is a sacred offering, a way to honor the... Read More

 

Singing Bowl – Buddhist Ritual Tool

This unique Buddhist ritual tool gets its name from its shape. In terms of purpose, it is not a bowl at all! Rather, it is an inverted, broad-bottomed bell resting upon a... Read More

 

Buddhist Ritual Tool: Tingsha

Tingshas are cymbals used as ritual tools in Tibetan Buddhist prayers and ceremonies. Tied to the two ends of a cord, they produce a pure, high-pitched sound when struck.... Read More

 

Prayer Wheel

A Buddhist Prayer Wheel is a hollow cylinder made of wood, metal, leather or coarse cotton. The mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is traditionally embossed on the wheel. The... Read More

 

Practices and Rituals

Tibetan Tantra (Vajrayana) is an esoteric practice that sharply distinguishes it from other schools of Buddhism. Unlike other religions which urge followers to suppress or... Read More

 

Buddhist Prayer Wheel

A Buddhist Prayer Wheel is a hollow cylinder made of wood, metal, leather or coarse cotton. The mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is traditionally embossed on the wheel. The... Read More

 

Buddhist Prayer Flags Spread Good Fortune

When the breeze blows Buddhist prayer flags, harmony, happiness, and good fortune are spread among all living beings. These prayer flags are squares of colored fabric with... Read More

 

Buddhist Traditions in Various Countries – Part II

Theteachings of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha, have beenfollowed for over two and a half millennia. In this vast amount oftime, it has spread to a majority of countries and... Read More

 

Some Interesting Buddhist Traditions

Flowers used in Buddhist worship signify that human life is not permanent but short lived like the life span of a flower. Buddhists wedding ceremonies are not performed by monks.... Read More

 
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