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Buddhist Practices

Buddhism incorporates a variety of rituals and practices, which are intended to aid in the journey to enlightenment and bring blessings on oneself and others. While some activities are unique to certain expressions of Buddhism, there are others that are found in most of the popular forms of the belief system.

For example, the practice of meditation is central to nearly all forms of Buddhism, and it derives directly from the Buddha’s experiences and teachings. Meditation is is the central focus of Zen Buddhism and the only way to liberation in Theravada Buddhism. (Also see: Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism comparison chart.)

In addition to meditation, the Mahayana schools of Buddhism have developed a variety of other ritual and devotional practices, many of which were inspired or influenced by the existing religious cultures of India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet.

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UpdatedNovember 18, 2016
MLA Citation“Buddhist Practices.” ReligionFacts.com. 18 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 21 Jan. 2017. <www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/practices>

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