Sihaiwang: May Day holiday, go to the temple. To feel the religious atmosphere. There are many places to pay attention to when visiting temples. There are also many taboos. Let's have a look.
What are the common sense and taboos of visiting Buddhist temples
Taboos and common sense of visiting Buddhist temples
The gate of the temple is generally three doors standing side by side, that is, a gate in the middle and a small gate on both sides, so it is also called three gate hall. Entering the three door hall, there is a Vajra on both sides, namely the night fork God of the guard Buddha. Because he holds a Vajra pestle, it is also known as "holding Vajra". It is said that there are five hundred "holding Vajra" in front of Buddha.
The first hall behind the three gates is for Maitreya Bodhisattva to face south, and Wei tuotian to face north. On both sides of the East and the west, there are four great kings of heaven, the eastern king of heaven 'tituroza', which means to hold the state, that is, to protect the land, the main music God of the emperor's interpretation of heaven, to hold the pipa, to protect the people of Eastern fortiva (Shengzhou); the southern king of heaven 'piluoli', which means to increase, that is, to make others grow good roots, to hold the sword, to protect the people of southern yanfuti (shengjinzhou); the Western King of heaven 'piluobocha', which means to broaden their eyes, that is, to be able to To observe and protect the people with a keen eye, and to protect the people of xiquyeni (cattle) continent with golden dragon's hands; to protect the people of yudanyue (Shengchu) continent with parasol, the king of heaven in the north, means to hear more, that is to say, to have great virtue, to protect the wealth of the people, to hold umbrella. The four kings of heaven are also known as the "four King Kong". In fact, in Buddhism, King Kong and the king of heaven are totally different gods.
Maitreya is a disciple of Sakyamuni. He is from nantianzhu. He was born in doupitian. People also talk about the cloth bag monk as the incarnation of Maitreya Bodhisattva. It comes from the Fenghua area of Zhejiang Province in the Five Dynasties. There are often monks with cloth bags who teach and convert the people and believers. The monk left a verse "Maitreya true Maitreya" at the end of his life, which is more than 10 billion yuan. It shows that when people are living, the world is not aware of it ", which just reveals the mystery.
Weituotian, also known as Weituo Bodhisattva, is said to be a general under the southern emperor of heaven. Because he often traveled around the southeast and West three continents (no family in the North Continent) to protect the monks, he gradually built weituotian statue in the temple for worship after the Song Dynasty.
That is, the main hall of the temple, also known as the main hall, to worship Sakyamuni Buddha. Mahavir means to praise the high prestige of Sakyamuni Buddha.
Sakyamuni Buddha, the leader of Buddhism, is a prince of Sakyamuni people in India. He became a Buddhist and founded Buddhism, so he is called Sakyamuni Buddha. Sakyamuni Buddha usually has two statues of bhikkhs, the old one is called "the Buddha of gayeh", the Buddha is called the first ancestor after nirvana, the young one is called "the Buddha of Ananda", and the Buddha of gayeh is called the second ancestor after nirvana.
It's not right for people to call Sakyamuni Buddha Buddha Buddha. The word "Tathagata" refers to "Tathagata in one's heart", which is the common name of all Buddhas. As long as one obtains the fruits of Buddha, he can be called Tathagata. Therefore, Tathagata is another appellation of "Buddha".
When visiting the monastery, the monks should be called "teachers" and "mages", and the presiding monks should be called "elders", "abbots" and "Zen masters"; the monks in the Lama Temple are called "lamas", that is, the meaning of "gurus"; it is forbidden to call "monks", "family members", or other insulting names.
When meeting with monks, the common way of salute is to put one hand on the chest or put one hand on the chest, and slightly lower the head; do not shake hands, hug, touch the monk's head and other improper behaviors.
When talking with monks, they should not mention killing, marriage, or eating fishy meat, so as not to arouse their antipathy.
In the temple, you should not make any noise, comment or ridicule; smoking, touching Buddha statues, turning scriptures, ringing bells and drums, etc. are prohibited; religious implements such as amulets and beads worn by monks are not allowed to be touched; in case of Buddhist activities, you should stand still or quietly leave.