The Significance and the Purpose of the Buddhist Rituals
- What is the significance of the ritual of deliverance?
- What is the purpose of the "Releasing Burning Mouths" ritual?
- What it really means to make offerings?
- What is the significance of offering pure meals?
What is the significance of the ritual of deliverance?
Deliverance is primarily aimed at the living rather than the dead. When Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Dharma, he preached it to the living, so that we use wisdom to deliver ourselves. Nonetheless, rituals for the dead can bring them merit, and on hearing the Dharma they may be able to let go and achieve deliverance, attaining rebirth to the Western Pure Land or to a better realm.
What is the purpose of the "Releasing Burning Mouths" ritual?
What it really means to make offerings?
Making offerings is a very important part of Buddhist practice. To make offerings is to practice giving, one of the six perfections. It benefits both ourselves and others in that through giving we are actually repaying the kindness of others and showing gratitude, as well as learning and growing spiritually. Also, by making offerings to the sangha we are contributing to spreading the Buddhadharma and helping others engage in spiritual practice, thereby gaining great merit.
To stop our negative inclinations, we should constantly observe our thoughts and emotions, and stop and correct the negative. Then the volitional action will wane.
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From the Buddhist perspective, there are only two kinds of responsibility in life. The first is to fulfill our vows, and the second is to pay back our karmic debts. We should learn the Buddhas and ...