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The Metta Sutta Read the Metta Sutta. How is it different from prayers you are familiar with? – What does it do/ ask for ? – What doesn’t it do/ ask for? Explain how the Metta Sutta Buddhist prayer is different from other prayers. **Do you think such a prayer can be effective? ie make a difference?
Not specifically directed to any supreme deity. Not for any personal purpose. Not a request for me personally for either health, wealth, or any other advantage. It is a practice to awaken inner capacities of strength, compassion and wisdom. It points to the blessings of Life and how to live a pure life.
Shrines & Temples House Shrine Temple Offerings & Chanting Temple Prayer Wheels & Flags Use the information on your card to make notes about this type of worship. After 2 mins, swap papers.
HW Is Buddhism a religion ? Yes Explain what deities and boddhisattvas are. Show how they are divine beings Describe how buddhists show worship: – offer food & incense, – show respect and honour to divine boddhisattvas – spin prayer wheels, – fly prayer flags. No Explain that religions believe in a creator God who can help and save people. Buddhists don’t believe such a God exists or that there is anything “out there” that can help. Explain what Buddhist teachings are about – Aims to escape from rebirth, not “heaven” with God – purifying your mind by 4 Noble truth & 8fold path, – enlightenment/ nirvana, Explain how Buddhist worship – not about asking for help – Buddhist Gods are not really gods