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Attend an online religious service and describe prior misconceptions
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
I watched a Buddhist Dharma Teaching Service in the internet as a part of this assignment. I had several misconceptions about Buddhism going into this assignment. Watching this video helped me to see through some of these misconceptions. The first misconception that I had about Buddhism is that the settings and teachings were somehow more exotic than what I witnessed on the internet.
The teacher did indeed wear traditional robes, but I was surprised to note that not a single attendee wore anything even resembling a saffron colored robe. Jeans, sweatshirts and western dress was the norm. I learned from watching this that there is no proscribed dress code for attending a Buddhist teaching service, at least not with this teacher. The setting looked like a conference room that was equipped with a microphone so the teacher’s voice filled the room. The room was bright and airy without a single candle. A second misconception I had about Buddhist teaching was that it was more interactive. For some reason, I always pictured the teaching of The Buddha occurring as conversations under that tree. I was surprised to find that the flow of the teaching ceremony closely resembled that of other religions I have attended. In a Christian church, a rough outline of the worship service consists of an invocation, a hymn; the pastor’s message another hymn and then a benediction. The same was true for this teaching session. The session opened with chanting, the teacher spoke for about an hour and a half on the link between common sense, philosophy and realization, and then several sessions of meditation concluded the meeting. ...
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