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Like most religious adherents, Buddhists perform a wide variety of practices as part of their religious beliefs. These practices help bring both monastic and lay Buddhists closer to their founder, Siddhartha Gautama, and the traditions he established.
One of the most important practices of Buddhism is meditation, a technique used to center the spirit and to promote access to higher levels of consciousness. Another important element is chanting, which is a spiritually guided repetition of words or phrases.
The meatless dietary restrictions practiced by most Buddhists is a strong characteristic of the religion. In addition, Buddhism is also characterized by the establishment of stupas—small mounds used as reliquaries for the remains of the . These remains of the Buddha's body were not only sites for pilgrimages but also objects of ., a system that likely had its origins in ancient traditions practiced throughout the Indian subcontinent. The establishment of monasteries made pilgrimages not only possible but also popular among faithful Buddhists. Sacred sites were not limited to monasteries; Buddhists also traveled to locations marked by
Finally, Buddhism professes an making merit, a practice utilized to help keep one's own self or another from being reincarnated as lower beings, such as animals and those in the Buddhist hells.that places a strong emphasis on death. In addition to funerals, a number of Buddhist practices involve meditation on aspects of death. They also professed a related ideology of