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Was Tirupati Balaji a Buddhist Shrine?

I had read occasionally on internet that Tirupati Balaji was a Buddhist Shrine. So Was Tirupati Balaji a Buddhist Shrine ?
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What are the cylinders in front of the Buddha statue at Nanzō-in Temple, Japan?

I recently visited Nanzō-in Temple, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, home of a very large bronze reclining Buddha. In front of the statue are many vertical metal cylinders. My initial thought was that they ...
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What is a Buddhist ceremony or service called, and what day of the week is it likely to be?

I am a student at Manhattan College. I am in a class on religious discrimination. For my class I must go to a religious service other than mine. I picked Buddhism. However I don't know what a service ...
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Would a skin condition stop someone becoming a monk?

I am asking this behalf of my friend. He was gonna commit suicide. But I managed to calm him down by taking him to a Buddhist temple. He had a really fun life, movies, friends, night outs, girls, cars,...
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Monastery or Temple in California

Hope you all doing excellent! Would like to know if there's any monastery or Theravada temple in San Francisco, OC or LA? I know there's one in Redwood Valley, but it's a lil too far off. Pls share, ...
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Is there a defined sequence of events when a Buddhist enters a temple?

As there are sequence of events which happen in other religions, do such things happen in Buddhism also? For example: Consider Christianity, it starts with a worship, then a sermon follows, ...
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What are the rotating cylinders in monastries, and why are they there?

Sorry, as I don't know the right term for them. But, I have noticed these huge copper cylinders(when I went to visit a temple in Dharmashala), which are kept like 5-6 in a row. They have engravings ...
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Overwhelmed feeling when visiting Temple

Is there a reason why I get this overwhelmed feeling and want to cry when I visit the Temple?
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Significance of Three Customs Involving String

I've noticed three different customs involving string at Theravada temple service. If by chance anyone is familiar with the significance of any of these; it would be nice to know. The service is not ...
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Does morning and evening chanting follow a set pattern in the Theravada tradition?

I attended a meditation event that included morning and evening chanting at a Theravada monastery/temple. It was a wonderful event but I couldn't follow the chanting book as it was written in Lao ...
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Are there communities of practicing secular Buddhists?

Religious groups are typically comprised of communities of practitioners who visit the temple/church a couple of times a week and practice together. Is this true of secular Buddhism? If so, Where ...
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Usefulness of attending a Thai temple in the United States

So I've been a Buddhist since around 2007, but I've never been to a temple. I don't think I've ever actually met another Buddhist. I just go by what I read in Bodhi's translations and Thanissaro's ...
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What would one encounter at a Buddhist temple service?

With the understanding that there are many different traditions and cultures within Buddhism, I wonder if it is possible to describe what a newcomer might encounter if they went to a temple service ...
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What is the reason for attributing Lord Buddha's statues to days the of week?

Image courtesy of ThaiSmile.jp Visiting Buddhist temples, I often notice several statues of Lord Buddha. As far as I understand, they represent different Boddhisattvas. However, these statues are ...