World Religion:Buddhism Worship
Objects of Worship 1 • Bells are used at the beginning of worship to signal when to start. It is also used as a signal of change during worship. • Some Buddhists also believe the sound is symbolic as it spreads around the room, reminding them of the effects of kamma.
Objects of Worship 2 • Prayer Wheels are used to focus the mind during Tibetan Buddhist meditation. • The turning of the wheel moves prayers and mantras held inside, and this is believed to bring good kamma
Objects of Worship 3 • There will always be a Buddha Image in any shrine, at home or in a temple • It is worshipped as a sign of devotion to Buddhism and to inspire people to follow his teachings
Objects of Worship 4 • Incense is used during worship, not only for it’s nice smell, but it reminds them of the law of kamma. • The smell spreads around the room, like the consequences of our actions will have effects all over the world.
Objects of Worship 5 • Flowers are used in worship to remind Buddhists of the most important Buddhist teaching – that nothing lasts forever. • The flower is fresh and beautiful, but it will soon wilt and die – everything constantly changes.
Objects of Worship 6 • Candles represent the light of wisdom, shining to light the right path through life.
Places of Worship 1 • Temples (sometimes referred to as a Wat) can be found all over the world. • They do not have to be a specific design – they can be as simple or as elaborate as you like
Places of Worship 2 • Samye-Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist community in the Scottish Borders. • This is the main shrine in their temple. • Look for the objects of worship – how many can you see?
Worship in Temples • Buddhists will take their shoes off when entering a temple (for cleanliness and as a sign of respect) • Worship in temples is usually led by the monks, although you can also worship at home or in groups • Buddhist worship includes giving offerings (candles, flowers, etc) • Much of the worship will be meditation, usually on mats on the floor • They will usually chantmantras to help concentration / bring good kamma
Why do Buddhists Worship? Some people wonder what the point in worship is if Buddhists are not worshipping / trying to please a God like other religions do. Buddhist worship is for: • Helping develop concentration and become better at meditation • Developing a deeper understanding of their religion through communal and individual activity • Giving time to reflecting on the concepts of the religion, and considering the symbolic aspects of the activity. • Inspiring and helping people achieve more in their religion
What do you remember about Buddhist Worship? • What are bells used for? (2) • What 2 things does worshiping a Buddha image do / show? (2) • What do flowers symbolise? (1) • What do candles symbolise? (1) • Where can you find Buddhist temples? (1) • What are Buddhist temples like? (1) • What do Buddhists do before going into a temple? (1) • What 3 things might they do during worship? (3) Total ?/12 Marks: 10 - 12 /12 Very Good 8 or 9 /12 Good 6 or 7 /12 Okay less than 6/12 Revise!