How and why do Buddhists worship?
A: There is a philosophical branch of Buddhism, in which there is no requirement to worship, because philosophical Buddhism has no god. Other Buddhists, including those in China and south-east Asia worship for the same reason that Christians worship - to please the gods and seek favours in this life or the next. A: There is no requirement for worship in philosophical Buddhism. Buddhists do not worship in the western sense of the word. Worship…
Like Buddhism in general, Zen Buddhists worship no god(s) Non-Buddhists often mistakenly believe that Buddhists worship The Buddha. He is, however, just a man. His "claim to fame" is that he worked out the path to decreasing pain through the control of desire on his own, without instruction or guidance. He is revered for this, but not worshipped
Answer Buddhists worship in a temple for the same reason Christians worship in a church. Jews in a synagogue or Muslims in a mosque. Buddhist temples also hold statues of the Buddha and of many gods, so that the faithful can pray directly to them. Many Buddhists, especially in the West, adhere to philosophical Buddhism, for which there is no god. In this case, worship does not really apply.
Buddhism does not worship anything or anybody. It is commonly thought that Buddhists worship Buddha, this is however the result of the thinking in a culture with a deity centered religion. Buddhists revere Buddha since he developed many of the premises and teachings of Buddhism, but this is not worship. Worship requires a deity, and Buddhism has none.
Buddhists do not have anything to worship - the presence of a controlling deity was seen as a unnecessary by the Buddha. No god means no worship. Buddhists do gather during the week or at temples to meditate and to receive teachings in Buddhism. However the Buddhist approach to enlightenment is a continuous practice of the Eightfold path, not just a once a week session in a temple or a church.