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New Age promotes the development of the person's own power or divinity. The word "buddhism" derives from "buddha". The offering of lamps is one of the main aspects of the worship of the Bodhi-tree (bodhi-puja). Ancient Indian belief classifies the conch into male and female varieties. London 2000. [list of Buddhist centres, groups and organisations in the U. The Mahayana view on vegetarianism primarily comes from the Nirvana Sutra, following the Bodhisattva path, and that all sentient beings (which include more than just Humans) have Buddha-nature.

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