Why do some pray to Buddha?

General discussion, particularly exploring the Dharma in the modern world.
[N.B. This is the forum that was called ‘Exploring Buddhism’. The new name simply describes it better.]
Ervin
Posts: 171
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:15 am
Location: Melbourne

Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby Ervin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:57 pm

I have seen people bow down and prostrate to Buddha like Muslims prostrate to Allah. Ofcourse, it wasn't identical but at times I heard some Buddhists do more prostrations than the amount Muslims do in a day.

Why pray to Buddha or why ask Buddha for forgiveness or blessings? Can Buddha alter karma for sentient beings?

Also all that I ask about a Bodisatva?

Is all that something that came out recently or is that what actual Sakyamuni Buddha taught?

User avatar
oushi
Posts: 1596
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:18 am

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby oushi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:32 pm

Why ask? Is there something that people should do? No, so why bother asking why they do what they do?
Say what you think about me

deepbluehum
Posts: 1302
Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:05 am
Location: San Francisco, CA

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby deepbluehum » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:50 pm


Ervin
Posts: 171
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:15 am
Location: Melbourne

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby Ervin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:53 pm


User avatar
tomamundsen
Posts: 1615
Joined: Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:50 am
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Contact:

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby tomamundsen » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:56 pm


User avatar
Indrajala
Posts: 6312
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:19 pm
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby Indrajala » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:02 am

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

greentara
Posts: 933
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:03 am

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby greentara » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:05 am

I believe praying to a deity or praying to the buddha is innate in most humans. I have seen people praying, weeping and beseeching in front of the buddha in Hongkong and other Asian countries. Often if there are alot of problems in a family they hardly know which way to turn. Let people meditate, pray or chant, whatever suits the temperament and gives some peace.

User avatar
lobster
Posts: 1001
Joined: Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:06 pm
Contact:

Why are some ignoramus sacred?

Postby lobster » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:08 am


GarcherLancelot
Posts: 130
Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 9:22 am

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby GarcherLancelot » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:52 am


User avatar
Indrajala
Posts: 6312
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:19 pm
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: Why do some pray to Buddha?

Postby Indrajala » Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:11 am

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |


Return to “Dharma in Everyday Life”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: rachmiel and 17 guests