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Where are Buddhist shrines?
The most important places in Buddhism are located in the Gangetic plains of Northern India and Southern Nepal, in the area between New Delhi and Rajgir. This is the area where Gautama Buddha lived and taught, and the main sites connected to his life are now important places of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus.
Can anyone go to a Buddhist temple?
Visitors who are respectful and aware of the rules will always be welcome. You might also find it helpful to learn about the specific dos and don’ts that apply to one of Southeast Asia’s Buddhist-majority countries and read up on etiquette for visitors to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
What are Buddhist shrines called?
A Chaitya, Chaitya hall or Chaitya-griha refers to a shrine, sanctuary, temple or prayer hall in Indian religions. The term is most common in Buddhism, where it refers to a space with a stupa and a rounded apse at the end opposite the entrance, and a high roof with a rounded profile.
Why do Buddhist take off their shoes?
Any place where an image of the Buddha is used in worship is known as a shrine , and many Buddhists also have shrines at home. Before entering the shrine room, people take off their shoes as a sign of respect and also to keep the shrine room floor clean. They also dress modestly, often in white in Theravada countries.
What is the holy city of Buddhism?
Varanasi is the city where Buddhism was founded. It is also one of the holiest cities and targets of pilgrimage for Hindus. According to legend, the city was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva several thousand years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country.
How do you say hello to a Buddhist monk?
For most monks, a simple greeting of putting your palms together near your chest in a prayer-like fashion and bowing your head slightly, eyes facing down, is sufficient.