What ceremony in Buddhism is akin to baptism in Christianity?

What ceremony in Buddhism is akin to baptism in Christianity?

  1. And why is it needed ??
  2. take refuge (and why is Orthodoxy here?)
  3. It's not quite clear what it means to be "akin to baptism." A rite of initiation, a people's tradition or treatment? !!
    If baptism is the starting point in Christianity, then in Buddhism everyone has already been born with his karma and can only improve or worsen it.
    Entering Buddhist monasticism (sangha) is a conscious initiation, in contrast to infant baptism, that is, ordinary ritual and spiritual practice. "Analogue" in Buddhism: demonstration of worship and respect for the stupas of various buddhas and bodhisattvas (offering ceti, food), as well as using them as a meditation object (for example, mandala in Tibetan Buddhism)
    or touching the image as a source of magical power. In general, a complete pilgrimage to the places of "enlightenment"
    As for the Sangha monastic order, this "flesh of the flesh," the incarnation of the presence of the Buddha. The sangha is itself a worship object for the lay people. Lay people offer gifts to monks, and monks give them spiritual gifts that are "broadcast into the world."
    The act of offering (dana) "improves" the karma of the laity.
    There are separate calendar holidays, but apparently this is not an "analog".
    In general: rituals of the life cycle with Buddhist symbols are initiation rites and funeral rites. Rituals dedicated to birth and marriage are virtually absent.
    The main rite of initiation is initiation into novices, then to monks. The candidate is not younger (usually) 20 years old, completely shaves his head, puts on the yellow clothes donated by the laymen and pronounces the formula of "taking three jewels": Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Further in the Mahayana and Vajrayana ritual is a little different, by itself both actions are of a test character, conditional or spiritual (meditation, recitation).
    If there was a view of ritual manipulation with sacred objects or for example binding yourself to a special thread with the Buddha image, then this is a local specific custom.
  4. Get a refuge in Buddhism, take sangha - this rite in Buddhism is akin to baptism in Christianity.

    "Taking shelter" is not just a ritual - it is like a "pass" to the true gates of Buddhism, familiarizing with the real tradition. Before giving you knowledge and energy, the teacher must make sure of your steady intention of moral and spiritual advancement. Without obtaining such a blessing, it is considered that the practice will be long and unsuccessful, besides it will be impossible to master more complex sections. But, this ritual differs radically from similar in other religious traditions.

    Doing it does not negate adherence to other traditions, but requires full awareness and sincerity in its progress on the path of purification of consciousness. The sanctuary is also called the "Three Jewels." That is, it is necessary to realize its non-contradiction to the three main attitudes of Buddhist teaching:
    Buddha. - as a universal ideal of good and justice, the great Teacher of this world, the source of light and inspiration;
    Dharma. - as a unique practice of spiritual transformation and deliverance from suffering; and
    Sangha. - as a single community of all living beings walking along the path of peace and compassion.

    You come for advice, you entrust your fate to the more wise; therefore, I would like to see that he had some guarantees of the propriety of his methods. In the case of Buddhists, this is perhaps the direct line of continuity of tradition from Buddha Shakyamuni. So it is arranged that the true knowledge (read: leading to positive results) is transmitted only from heart to heart, and only supports the sign sources.
    If you show sincere heartfelt zeal, then the teacher will agree to teach you.

    The ritual, during which the neophyte expresses a determined desire to engage in Buddhist practices, respectfully undertaking to fulfill the demands of teachers, is called taking refuge.
    Although the details of the rite may be different in different schools of Buddhism, but usually the novice utters the most important phrase: "I take refuge in the Buddha, take shelter of the Dharma, take refuge in the Sangha ...". Since that moment doors to any treasuries of Buddhist wisdom have been opened for him!

    Three jewels are the symbols of our consciousness, these are qualities inherent in any person, regardless of gender, profession or religion. Indeed, we all believe in something (Buddha), we are guided (Dharma), we are in symbiosis with other inhabitants of this planet (Sangha). A person who has weakened or destroyed at least one of these three supports can not be fully happy, he will always live in conflict with himself.
    Taking shelter in the Three Jewels does not make you enlightened, does not even make you a Buddhist. A real Buddhist is a practicing Buddhist.
    ; It's not for nothing that the Buddhists themselves do not like to call their teachings a religion.

    The practice of the Three Refuges, along with bows, offerings and observance of the five major Buddhist vows (not to kill, steal, commit sexual violence, not lie and refrain from consuming intoxicating or narcotic substances) is an introductory, initial practice of Buddhism. It is based on the ritual of taking shelter.

  5. enlightenment
  6. The man asks about the initiation rite, initiation as such, and the question about the sacrament is another matter.
  7. will have to become interested in Buddhism, interestingly
  8. The Buddha's teaching arose in the middle of the first millennium BC in India. Nevertheless, for many centuries Buddhism organically manifests itself in the territory of Russia. Significantly influenced the culture and customs of Central Asia and Siberia, assimilating elements of Brahmanism, Taoism, etc. In the Buryat-Mongolian culture is closely connected with shamanism, whose basic principles, such as the desire for harmony with oneself and the surrounding world (nature) did not interfere at all, and, even more, painted with vivid colors old customs and culture. The life of the Buddha became known in Ancient Rus in the text of the Tale of Varlaam and Joasaph. The prince Joasaph, whose prototype served as the Buddha, became a Christian saint (his memory is celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church 19 November). In the XIX - early XX centuries. Russia has become one of the largest centers for studying Buddhism. On the territory of the Russian Federation, Buddhism is spread in Buryatia, Tuva and Kalmykia (in the latter, the state religion). The most widely represented one of the classical schools of Buddhism is the Tibetan school of virtue (Gelug, Yellowtail).

    The founder of Buddhism is a real historical person. Siddhartha Gautama was born and lived in Northern India. Researchers believe that the years of his life 566-473. BC. e. Another name of Shakyamuni is directly related to the birthplace and related relations of the future Buddha. He was born in the country of Shakyev, a small provincial state dominated by the Shakyas.

    In the center of Buddhism as a philosophical system is the doctrine of the four noble truths: there is suffering, its cause, the state of liberation and the path to it. In the course of the development of Buddhism, the cult of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas (enlightened, mentors), the rituals that accompany the knowledge of the Dharma (Teachings) gradually developed, the Sangha (monastic communities) appeared. One of the most important prayers of goodwill, which is a kind of expression of the desire to take refuge, sounds like this:

    Namo Buddha, Namo Dharma, Namo Sangha - I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Teaching, I take refuge in the Community.

    Sangha is a Buddhist community, whose members are monks (bikkhus) or nuns (bikkhunis). There are few female S. (for example, in Sri Lanka there are about 20 female monasteries out of their total number in 7000.)
    In Buryatia, one of the six main molebns of the Buddhist traditional Sangha of Russia is held.

    Since 22 May in the Ivalinsky datsan of Hambyn Sume, during one of the six main molebens held by the datsans of the Buddhist traditional Sangha of Russia - Donchod Khural, will be held for three days. Donchod Khural is dedicated to the three greatest dates of Buddhism: Birth, Enlightenment and Nirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. This is one of the most majestic molebens. During this time, prayers are offered for offering, worshiping, worshiping and praising the Buddha.
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  9. I once was interested in the history of world religions. .
    and concluded. .
    Any religion is the emergence of far-fetched rituals around one "legendary" person - the source of wisdom ....
    that is, it is easier for people to break their forehead by bowing to the holy relics than to know all that the sage tried to convey to people. .
    There is a caste of followers of the doctrine, unable to develop it - which aim to spread the doctrine (well, of course, financial well-being). .
    I do not deny that sometimes there are great sages who supplement the original idea of ​​teaching. . but around them there is a new crowd of admirers - and this leads to new schisms.
    The crowd is stupid. . and all the rituals give her a sense of belonging to the great truths. .
    In our time, television gives people the feeling that they are involved in the Moscow (Moscow) style of life .. This is also a hoax - but everyone is happy. .

    take shelter. . to be baptized. . circumcision .. and many other rituals - this is all that would bring a person to that border - to come back for which he will already or ashamed before fellow believers, or before his conscience.

  10. Enlightenment
  11. as an Orthodox person, I can say that baptism is taism in the church of God, and compare it with some kind of budizm (ritual), I think that this is an insult to our Orthodox Church!
  12. In general, faith and culture are intertwined, and the sacrament of baptism was invented by the luminaries themselves; once baptized in the river and as such it was not a secret .... Although for general education it would be interesting to know the similarity of faith 🙂
  13. No!
  14. sangha-sanctuary in Buddhism
  15. sangha-sanctuary in Buddhism,
    Taking refuge is what all beings do. This is our search for happiness,
    security, something reliable. For Buddhists, taking Refuge is
    constant practice; it's more than just a ceremony that happened once.
    More precisely, it is like a thin thread stretching along our line of life. Adoption
    Refuges are an introduction to Buddhist practice. There are four levels of Refuge:
    external, internal, secret and absolute. These levels correspond to the deepening
    The External Refuge is accepted in all Buddhist traditions. This is the Refuge in
    Buddha, enlightened, in the Dharma, Buddhist teachings, and in the Sangha, practitioners.
    These are the Three Jewels, and, since our desire for happiness is great, the adoption
    Refuges in them are like finding a jewel that fulfills desires. In that
    The sense of taking refuge in the Buddha means understanding the history of his life, which gives us
    A great inspiration on our way
    our understanding.
    Because Enlightenment, in addition, transforms all the disturbing feelings into different kinds of wisdom - mirror, equalizing, discriminating, experience-based and all-pervasive - then the entire glow of the mind is maximally manifested in space. It embodies this comprehensive comprehension of the Buddha (in Tibetan - "Sangye"), and his condition is the first Refuge.

    The second Refuge given to them is the way. The Teaching of the Buddha (in Sanskrit "Dharma", in Tibetan "Ч") consists of 84000 auxiliary tools contained in 108 thick books. They allow everyone with the desired speed for him to approach the goal.

    The third Refuge, friends on the way (in Sanskrit "Sangha", in Tibetan "Gendyun") are famous and not so famous bodhisattvas who help others in their development. In every Buddhist center of Karma Kagyu, there are probably several such bodhisattvas.

    Finally, for the Diamond Way a fourth sanctuary is needed, connecting the three previous ones and binding them to life. This is the Teacher (Guru in Sanskrit, Lama in Tibetan).

    One of the most important events in the life of a Thai man is initiation into monks, which is regarded as the return of a debt of respect to his parents
    Although the Rite of Initiation can be held at any time of the year, it is most often done in July or August, at the beginning of the rainy season, because during this period (Kao Panza) monks throughout the country do not leave the temples.
    In rural areas, this ritual is a religious ritual, in which the entire village should participate. Participants in the procession are escorted "by the way" or "dressed in a white, naked shaved future monk" along the road leading to the temple. This is a very cheerful and joyous procession. Many of its participants, relatives and friends "na" dance to the sounding music.
    Formally, the ceremony begins with an oral exam for the future monk. He is asked the following questions: "Are you a man?", "Do you have debts?", "Are you becoming a monk with the consent of your parents?". All these questions are asked in order to make sure that the young man is really free from worldly vanity, and he is able to devote himself to religious pursuits while he is in the temple. After the "naka" exam, a yellow monastic dress is given and he is ready to receive his first instruction before becoming a real monk.

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