Religions Of The World: Buddhism And Islam
Buddhism and Islamic religious cultures meet the needs of their adherents very successfully. By using the Three Ninan Smart Dimensions, it will explore the religious practices, material and mythological dimension. Every religious tradition has some practices to which it obeys, and which provides spiritual awareness. Rituals and practices are inherent in the spiritual beliefs of many followers. All practices and rituals serve the same purpose; to uplift ones physical and emotional connection with their god. This is significant as rituals and practices helps humans come to terms with the major events of life. The repetition of rituals and practices instils the religious values and attitude in the lives of worshippers.
Within the religion of Buddhism there are many rituals and practices that play a vital role in their culture Marriage has been the greatest and most important of all rituals and practices in many religious cultures. Marriage is the physical and emotional connection between man and woman. In many cultures’ marriage is the beginning of a whole new world. Buddhists believe the purpose of marriage is to unite with your companion they love. Marriage is significant to the religious followers as it is the first step to eternal life. It is a ritual that is a promise to their loved ones to care and protect them for eternity, marriage means, “Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole.” Marriage in Islamic cultures is sometimes arranged, the parents ensure the partner is suitable for the bride. Mix marriages exist in Islam but they are not encouraged. Marriage in Islamic cultures is very different to marriage in Buddhism. In Islamic cultures marriage depends on the parents to find the right partner, as in Buddhism cultures marriage is about emotional and physical connection with their loved one. Marriage is included in the Ritual and Practices dimension as it helps followers engage in their religion by getting closer to their god.
Buddhism has many sacred spaces that provide a special importance to its followers. The main scared space is the temple. Buddhist’s pray and worship in the temples to pray respect to the Buddha. There are many sacred places, these places include; Buddha’s birthplace, Bodh Gaya, Lumbini (place of enlightenment) Saranath (place where that Buddha died.) Sacred spaces are very important to the Buddhists’ as it allows them to feel connected to the Buddha. Worship brings Buddhist together as a community, which helps them learn more about scriptures and develops their practice of mediation. Within both religions’ marriage is very significant as they believe it’s the beginning of eternal life with their beloved partner. They believe that they must have a physical and emotional connection with their partner. Marriage in both religions are encouraged. Sacred spaces and place of worship has a clear spiritual connection to its followers. Sacred places allow the followers to pray, celebrate and come together with their God/Gods. Sacred spaces have been identified and revered for their spiritual, ecological and cultural importance. Buddhism has many sacred spaces that provide a special importance to its followers. The main scared space is the temple. Buddhist pray and worship in the temples to pray respect to the Buddha. There are many sacred places, these places include; Buddha’s birthplace, Bodh Gaya, Lumbini (place of enlightenment) Saranath (place where that Buddha died.) Sacred spaces are very important to the Buddhists’ as it allows them to feel connected to the Buddha. Worship brings Buddhist together as a community, which helps them learn more about scriptures and develops their practice of mediation also so they can reach enlightenment or Nirvana. In Islamic cultures sacred spaces are significant to the religion as they provide safety and connection to their god/gods. In Islamic cultures many think of their sacred spaces as being very important to their faith. In the Islamic religion sacred spaces are very important to the Muslims as scared spaces holds the past history and safety to the followers. Certain places that hold the place of worship are Mosques. Mosques are used for worship, sharing of prayers and study of past history. Sacred spaces are very important to the followers as the spaces provide meaning and safety while in prayer. The followers of both religions both believe the sacred spaces provide them with comfort and connection with their god/gods. In both cultures’ meditation is vital within their religion as it provides a closer connection with their god and it helps communities come together.
Mythological Religious texts may be used to provide meaning and purpose, provide a deeper connection with their god, teach religious truths and encourage religious experience. Islamic followers often call upon sacred for guidance on how to live out their faith. For Muslims the Qur’an is the most important source of expert witness as the word of God. The Qur’an brings a sense of belonging to the followers as they gather together and learn about the beliefs and practices said within the Qur’an. Buddhism’s sacred text include: The Tripitaka (Pali Canon), Mahayana Sutras and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Pali Canon means “the word of the buddha” is the most important text to the followers as it provides the teachings and beliefs of their beloved buddha. Sacred texts are very important to both cultures as they provide the beliefs and teachings of their god/gods.
The 3 dimensions outlined from the Ninan Smart Dimension, are very significant to the followers because each dimension explores part in their religion. The dimensions of ritual and practices, mythological and materials discover the concepts and ideas of Buddhism and Islamic cultures and how the meet the needs of their adherents very effectively.
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