the more protection.
1. Abstain from killing
2. Abstain from stealing or taking things that are not given.
3. Abstain from adultery and sexual misconduct.
4. Abstain from false speech.
5. Abstain from any alcohol and addictive drugs that cause intoxication and heedlessness.
Thus the fearless mudra is often placed in temples to remind us of keeping the five precepts.
#2. Offerings are made so that the Buddha will be happy.
There are different kinds of offerings made with different symbolism behind it:
Just like the fragrance of the incense when it is lit, the sweet teachings of the Buddha spreads far and wide. The fragrance too symbolize pure moral conduct.
Just like a flower that will age and wither over time regardless of its beauty, we too are subject to the impermanent nature of things. This reminds us to live in the present.
The characteristics of the lotus rising above the muddy waters unsoiled reminds us to rise above our defilements and sufferings in life.
Water symbolizes purity and clarity of the mind. Just as light can pass through clear water, wisdom can arise if our mind is clear and still. This reminds us to constantly cultivate our minds.
The candles represents light that dispel darkness, reminding us to cultivate a pure and bright heart filled with wisdom.
#3. The Buddha looked like the statues we see today.
until the time when Buddhism was spread to part of the Indo-Greek Empire, which is the present day Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Prior to that, Buddhist would show their devotion and remind themselves of the teachings using objects such as Bodhi leaves, elephants, lotus, the "Great Wheel" etc.
#4. Buddha is a god.
The Buddha was not a deity, and he never claimed to be one. Just like you and me, the Buddha was a normal man who, through his own efforts, attained enlightenment.
#5. All Buddhists should be Vegetarian.
Not all Buddhists are vegetarians. Some sects of Buddhism (example Mahayana Tradition) refrain from meat consumption out of compassion for all animals.
They are not to be picky and to accept whatever food that was given. Whether the food is delicious or awful tasting, freshly made or from the left overs, it has to be accepted with gratitude and regarded as medicine (which is much harder than being a vegetarian).
1. Humans (because they are our own kind)
2. Elephants (because it was the animal of the royal)
From no.4 - 10: the reason behind is because these animals can be provoked by the smell of the flesh of their own kind. For the safety of the monastics when they wander around the forest, it has been prohibited for consumption.
Buddhism is never about rites and rituals, blind faith or prayers. Cultivating and developing wisdom has been the core emphasis of Buddhism. It is only with wisdom that one can see through the darkness, penetrate the truth and gain peace. May you be well and happy and wisdom grow in you each day. Sadhu! (rejoice)
Source : bfycommonmisconceptionsofbuddhism.instapage.com/