Humanistic Buddhism: Practise in Actions

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Humanistic Buddhism: Practise in Actions

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Only a Great Rain–Guided Buddhist Meditation

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Dining Hall

   The dining Hall is at the basement, through the stairs from the first floor. At the far end is the Dining Hall Shrine. The Buddha on the Shrine is Maitreya, the coming Buddha. Every Chinese Buddhist Temple Dining Hall has a Shrine with Maitreya Buddha on it and is called “The Hall of Five Contemplations”.
 
   Maitreya Buddha is portrayed as a fat, laughing monk with a large sack, sometimes surrounded by playful children. His is the most widely recognized Buddha image in the West and many believe he is the one and only Buddha. Some Westerners also believe he is the Buddhist God. This is not true. In fact, Buddhists believe there have been and still will be, infinitely many Buddhas. Buddhists do not believe in an omnipotent, omniscient God of creation.
 
   The Buddhist statues and pictures symbolize and remind us of the virtuous characteristics of the great beings. These qualities are also latent in ordinary people and can be mindfully cultivated so that we become the best people we can be.
 
   The five contemplations on the wall are to be reflected upon as one eats in silence. Eating is regarded as an opportunity to develop self-awareness and gratitude.