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Hi, I would like to ask a question on behalf of my friend about Buddhist prayer. First, I want to apologise if this question might sound stupid and ridiculous to you. The question is, is it true that Buddhists pray by doing an act like swinging their elbows wether it is horizontal or vertical elbow similar to muay thai boxer doing an elbow strike? My friend said maybe the muay thai elbow strike technique derived from Buddhist act of prayer and worship. Is this true? Iíll be glad if you could respond as soon as possible. Thank you!

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Hi Shahril,

No question is considered stupid.  It is because we want to clarify doubts that we ask questions.  

What you described has nothing to do with Buddhism.  Many people have misunderstood Buddhism.  Even so-called Buddhists have also missed the point.  The Buddha discovered the technique on how to live in peace and happiness.  All the rites and rituals were invented by his followers for whatever reasons.  Many of the rites and rituals were based on the traditional and cultural practices of the followers.  That is why we have so-called Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, and so on.  

Buddhism is simply the teachings of the Buddha about how one can experience inner peace and happiness.

Hope this helps.

Take care.

Justin Choo

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Justin Choo

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All your questions will be answered, and you may not have to agree with the answers. Such is the beauty of Buddhism. I follow the Theravada tradition, and have been studying Buddhism for more than 50 years. As I am not a Buddhist scholar, I answer in simple language, and I prefer answering general questions rather than textual.

Experience

I was brought up in the 50's as a Buddhist. For the past 50 years I have read numerous books on Buddhism and listened to numerous talks on Buddhism by well-respected and learned monks and lay teachers. I have conducted Buddhist classes for parents of Sunday School children in a Theravada Buddhist Temple. My teacher was the late Chief Reverend, The Ven. K Sri Dhammananda of The Brickfields Buddhist Mahavihara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can view the relevant website in memory of my revered late teacher @ http://www.ksridhammananda.com and my blog posting at http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-revered-teacher.html

Organizations
I am a life member of the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

Publications
YOU ARE INVITED TO VISIT MY BLOG @ http://lifeislikethat999.blogspot.com/ Published a book called "The Rainbow And The Treasure". It is a compilation of extracts from various sources to introduce Buddhism to beginners. (Currently out of print)

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Commerce And Administration, Victoria University Of Wellington, NZ.(1974)

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