Saturday, 12 June 2010

Fragrance and Incense in Buddhism

Wherever Buddhism is practised there will be the burning of incense. Inside every house containing a Buddhist shrine or Buddhist altar, incense is burned during set times of the day as an offering and in even the poorest country areas you can find incense smouldering in front of road side images, and little stone figures of the Buddha.

In Buddhism the smell of incense symbolises the fragrance of exhibiting pure moral conduct and thus serves to remind us to live our lives by high standards and good rules.

"No ashes are lighter than those of incense, and few things burn out sooner."

Walter Savage Landor

Find out more about Buddhism and incense in our Buddhism 101 project at the Buddha's Face

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