Does Chinese Buddhism worship Buddha as God?
I went to a Chinese Buddhist temple and they were praying to the Buddha of Mercy.
Also...can Buddhists eat meat and drink alcohol? And i mean some meat and a little alcohol?
Answered by stbb,
The real practice of Buddhism is to realize who you are and what your place is in this Universe, so we seek within, because the Buddha (Enlightened one) told us that we all have the Buddha Nature, and that is we have the potential to be enlightened. To seek within and understand our own Buddha Nature is a mark of Enlightenment and Buddhism; and once you have achieved this level of Enlightenment then you understand many things and causes outside of self.
There are certain rules to determine if any sects are Buddhism, and they must follow the rules of “Three Dharma Seals” (sometimes, some sects said Four Dharma Seals- one additional condition), if any sect does not meet the rules of “Three Dharma Seals”, then they are the outer paths (the fake Buddhists or other religions)- those who seek without- such as worshiping a God or gods and or pretend to be Buddhism when worshiping God, (I saw one or two worshiped Gods groups and they claimed they are Buddhists from Korea.)
We don’t worship Buddha in same way as Christians do to their God, we merely pay respect to a teacher that taught us those very important lessons; and the lessons are of matter of immortal life and temporal deaths.
Strictly speaking, the meat eating and drinking of alcohol are not prohibited by Chinese lineages of Buddhism, unless you are in a monk-hood situation. The laymen are allowed to eat meats and drink alcohol, but suggested one should eat three purity meats, and drinking of alcohols is limited to moderation.
For both Hinayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, they do not prohib eating meat and drinking alcohol for laymen practitioners; but for those in Monk-hood, in Hinayana- the monks are still practicing their daily routine of asking “Alms”- so they eat whatever others give them. In Chinese Mahayana, the Monk-hood follows the strictest rules of no eating meat and drinking of alcohol, Korean and Japanese Mahayana follows whatever traditions they followed. Vajrayana monks meat eating habits are depending on the sects.
As you looking at the answers, you can see there are as many Buddhism Sects as there are answerers; and many of them don’t know what they are talking about, because many of them are introduced to a practice and never learned more or progressed beyond the first introduced practice.
If they went into a real Buddhism sect, then they are ok, they will be learning some real Buddhism. But if they are not, then they will have twisted views of what real Buddhism is all about. Both Korea and Japan are known to have many deviated sects, they claimed they are Buddhists, yet they worshiped God or tell their followers that they are the only one that teach Buddhism, and they discouraged their followers to go to any other Buddhist Temple for fear of contamination (or correctly speaking losing their memberships.)
The real Buddhism consists of two or three Yanas (vehicles or methods); they are the (1) Hinayana of Theravada Buddhism- learn to abide in calmness, and (2) Mahayana Buddhism- which breaks down further into the (2a) Sutrayana Buddhism- following the Buddha's Scriptures, and (3) Vajrayana Buddhism- works with the mind and views.
Hinayana Buddhism permeates in the regions of Indo-China, which include Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and other Southeastern Asian countries, etc.
Mahayana- Sutrayana Buddhism- first spread to China from India, then from China to Korea and Japan; later it also spread to other Asian countries. Mahayana- Vajrayana Buddhism spread through two routes (1) from India to China, then at later time from (2) India to Tibet. The route from China then spread to Japan, Korea and Indonesia; and the Route from Tibet spread to Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, and China.
Due to political environment, China’s Vajrayana turned underground, and Japan became the national religion and was called Shingon. Tibet being in isolation and supported by the Kings had developed its own Vajrayana Buddhism and later developed its own political system that preserved the practice.