Buddhists do not pray to him. We all can become Buddhas and reach the same enlightenment that the Buddha had. Buddhism teaches that worldly things are not permanent. We must not cling to them. This contributes to our sufferings in life if we do cling to them. Buddhism corrects our views about life and we learn to see it as it really is and to understand it and except it for what it really is. It is not completely pessimistic or optimistic. The core aim is to help us see things as they really are. We can not change life but we can change ourselves and our attitudes toward the world. This will lead to wisdom and happiness. Buddhism helps us develop self reliance, moral responsibility, tolerance, compassion, wisdom and many other qualities that can enrich our lives and give life meaning and add to our happiness in life.
Buddhists are concerned with technologies, globalization, and the environment. Many are vegetarians but some do eat meat. The Buddha said women can be enlightened too. They can be nuns too. Like other religions they are discriminated against in Buddhism but this is due to societies and things that were added after Buddha died. The new teachers teach them that they should work on being able to come back as men. I disagree with this. I do not believe the Buddha meant for this to be the practice in Buddhism. I believe women can be born LLamas. This is something I do not like about Buddhism or most religions that men control. In nature worshipping religions women are able to be priestess too. Women are close to nature because they can give birth. They are very in tune with it and the life force is neither male or female. It can live in both bodies once it enters them but it is sex less. We are all one and for that reason I believe we should have the same levels in all religions.
It is a ritual where you bow to these six areas or relationships. East is parents, south is teacher, west is spouse, north is friend, above is spiritual teacher, and below is employee.
Rev. Deidre K. Hays