Stupas and pagoda’s were originally simple mounds surrounded by four buildings but they eventually became powerful and meaningful structures and temples symbolizing the buddhist path to enlightenment. These buildings are used by Buddhist for a place of worship and they consider them the naval (center) of the world. It has three gateways to existence: The Terrestrial, The Celestial, and the Infernal Realms. The middle of this sacred space is called the “Womb” or “Egg”. The Buddhist see this as the creative source and power of the universe from where all the life flows from. The stupas and pagoda’s first appeared in buddhism in india as a place where the cremated remains of the buddha were placed. Most of their sacred time, happens in this sacred place.
Now my discussion question about this topic is:
Do you believe that Buddhist should have only the stupas and pagoda’s as a sacred place and time of worship? or do you believe that Buddhist can have different places of worship? As long as its sacred to them? Why or why not ?