Buddhist temples, like all places of reverence, are surrounded by the rich, earthy aromas of tree bark and resins that calm the mind and senses of the worshipper.
The legacy of Singapore and its settlers have made it a country of many religions and religious freedom. Almost a third of the population is Buddhist and there are some beautiful temples that have incredible architecture and beauty.
The largest Buddhist temple in Singapore is Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and is worth a visit when there. The Chinese influence of the temple is very obvious and comes as no surprise as a lot of the Buddhists here have Chinese roots. The temple has one of the largest bronze statues of Buddha in Asia and also has the unique artifacts, including the Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha received enlightenment.
There are many more beautiful Buddhist temples and are all worth a visit, especially during the Buddhist festivals.
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Four Noble Truths of Buddhism
One of the most important teachings in Buddhism are actually also the first teaching given by Buddha. The four truths are:
Dukkha: These are the innate characteristics of existence and appear at each rebirth. They include suffering, the inability to satisfy and pain. Therefore, the first Noble truth is that suffering does exist and it’s real and universal.
Samudaya: This is the craving and the desire for attachment that causes suffering.
Nirodha: There is a cessation and ending to suffering. This can be attained by eliminating craving, desire and attachment.
Magga: The suffering can be ended by following the Eightfold Path.
Spiritual enlightenment and a stop to suffering can be reached by those who follow the Eightfold Path. The eight points are:
Right Understanding: It is essential to understand that the Four Noble Truths are both noble and true.
Right Thought: The believer has to be determined to practice the Buddhist faith.
Right Speech: A true Buddhist avoids slander, gossip, abusive speech, and lying or speaking untruths.
Right Conduct: Adherence to the principles of ahisma (non-violence) is important. The believer must refrain from stealing and other improper behaviors.
Right Means of Earning a Living: The person cannot work in a job that forces them to violate others nor may they slaughter animals.
Right Attitude: All negative thoughts and emotions have to be avoided. These include anger and jealousy.
Right Mindfulness: Inner understanding of the mental state, feelings and bodily health is important.
Right Concentration: The highest levels of enlightenment can be reached through meditation.
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