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Buddhists, devotions to bodhisattva?

I have a friend who is new to Buddhism. He is in love with the bodhisattva Guan Yin. He has a deep devotion to her.

Do Buddhists worship bodhisattva?
How do they usually venerate these people?
What is the difference between a Buddha and a bodhisattva?

My friend is new to this so he really can’t answer them for me. I believe that he wants to join Tibetan Buddhism.

Thank you.

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  • “In Love” ?

    “Worship” ?
    both don’t exactly fit –
    Buddhism is a philiosphy not a “religion” per se’

    But as close as it is- it is ok –
    > Love is sometimes given to the degree it is needed < hey - I just came up with that!be blessed -

  • I can’t answer this myself, because I do not know Buddhist philosophy and will not presume or pretend to do so. I starred this question though, because I too am interested in this subject.

    You might find these websites interesting. Hope this helps!
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm
    http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/buddhaintro.html
    http://buddhism.about.com/

    You might find this poem, by Ogden Nash, amusing:
    A one-L lama, he’s a priest.
    A two-L llama, that’s a beast.
    But I will bet a silk pajama,
    You’ll never see a 3-L lllama.

    Grins!

  • Buddhists dont worship anyone,
    They/We believe in the teachings of Buddha, and follow in his footsteps but dont worship him.
    I cant really explain it properly as i dont really get it but my mums friends a monk and he says that we dont believe in god or worship one, its just we follow the teachings of the Buddha, like he said not to kill any living things, to look after the sick/poor, so we do.
    Its just like following the 10 Commandments in a way.
    And also Buddhism is a more spiritual religion as not all of them believe in God.

  • bodhisattva [bóddi sátvə]
    (plural bodhisattvas)
    n
    Buddhist deity: in Buddhism, a deity or being who has attained enlightenment worthy of nirvana but who remains in the human world to help others

    [Early 19th century. < Sanskrit bodhi 'perfect knowledge' + sattva 'being, reality'] Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

  • I personally don’t worship any buddhas or bodhisattva, but I believe you go regularly to temples for offerings and prayer.

    But don’t take my word for it.

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