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Confession in Buddhism

Growing up in the Roman Catholic tradition, we were encouraged to go to confession (penance) on a regular basis for reconciliation and to be absolved of sins. In Buddhism, the only mention of ...
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What does breaking the fetter 'Clinging to rites and rituals' actually mean?

The second fetter to break when one becomes a stream entrant is given as 'Clinging to rites and rituals'. I've always found that one a little puzzling. How do you know if you are clinging to a ritual? ...
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What is done with offerings after they've been on the altar awhile?

This is an altar maintenance question. What are the sort of typical things done with the food, water, flowers and so on that gets put on the altar for altar maintenance?
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Is there anything one can do to save the deceased from the consequences of their Kamma?

I generally had the understanding that there is no way one can save the deceased from the consequences of their Kamma. At most, we can send Metta to the deceased which may comfort them wherever they ...
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Buddhist funeral process

I am seeking a proper guide on Buddhist funeral process in India. What are the things needs to be taken care while performing the last Ceremony With Metta
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What are the funeral rites for Tibetan lay Buddhists?

I am mostly interested in how a Tibetan Buddhist funeral is carried out in the West, i.e. in countries where Buddhism is not a leading religion. Are there any particular practices or ceremonies that ...
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How does one do an “eye opening” for a new statue?

What the actual words or at least the structure of of the ceremony/ritual? I'm particularly interested from the Mahayana East Asian standpoint (Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese/Japanese) However, I don't ...
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Significance of Three Customs Involving String

I've noticed three different customs involving string at Theravada temple service. If by chance anyone is familiar with the significance of any of these; it would be nice to know. The service is not ...
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Is there a ritual free form of Buddhism?

Is there, aside from Secular Buddhism, a sect or tradition of Buddhism that does not include rituals and chanting as a part of it's liturgy?
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Is ritual described in the Pali canon?

There are a great many Buddhist rituals which vary across Buddhist schools and traditions. Did the Buddha describe any rituals which were to be done as part of practice in the Pali canon? Or are the ...
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Does morning and evening chanting follow a set pattern in the Theravada tradition?

I attended a meditation event that included morning and evening chanting at a Theravada monastery/temple. It was a wonderful event but I couldn't follow the chanting book as it was written in Lao ...
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Praying to God - What are the consequences?

I was raised in a Catholic environment, however I'm adding more and more Dhamma in my life, currently I spend much more time with Buddhists practices than Catholics. the point is that I still keep ...
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Not "clinging to rites and rituals" is one of the three requirements to become a Sotapanna. But in creating a Sangha with strict rules (especially given the extensive permutations within the ...
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Rituals in Buddhism

Are there any rituals in Buddhism? Do rituals in itself can be become a source of attachment? The more grandiose the ritual , the more the merit! If there is a ritual, what is the right way of ...
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How prevalent are siddhis in buddhism?

Abilities (such as flying through the air, walking through solid obstructions, diving into the ground, walking on water, and so forth) are performed by changing one element, such as earth, into ...
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Is there any ritual or ceremony for House-Warming?

I'm thinking house-warming for our new house so Is there any ritual or ceremony for house-warming in Buddhism and how do they perform? In which sutta it is discoursed?
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Information on string ceremony

I once attended a puja at a Sri Lankan temple where a string was passed around during chanting. Afterwards the monks tied string around our wrists and poured water over our heads. What is the string ...
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How did bells become a part of Buddhist ritual?

Bells seem to be pervasive throughout Buddhist ritual. I get the impression that many monasteries ring a large bell in the morning, and other monasteries still ring regular bells throughout the day to ...
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How death anniversaries take place by Buddhist rituals?

My loving grandma passed away on 1st April 18 so we want to have death anniversary. So I want to ask when should we arrange ceremony, on first April or first March? We tribute a person with chanting ...
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Food enchanted by spells (SN 7.8)

The Aggikasutta (SN 7.8) below states that the Buddhas do not eat food enchanted by spells i.e. food that was chanted over for the Vedic fire sacrifice. Does the Buddha reject ritually chanted over ...
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Is ritual always a practice, or can it be a belief too?

If ritual is repetition outside of what can be justified through direct experience, can ideas and opinions, as well as words and actions, be ritualistic? Would a belief in God - given the axiomatic ...
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Social context of Buddhist rituals

I have a couple of questions about Buddhism rituals. Were Buddhism's rituals performed by a certain social class, or for a particular political end? Also what else was happening in the culture at the ...
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What would be some Japanese Buddhist/Shinto routines or rituals that households will do?

I believe in all the religions holding stake in the world but I am more attuned with Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism. I've read through a lot of info on the two and love the harmony between them. I ...
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Should we bath after funeral?

Here in India we bath after funeral, But my prior question was "What is funeral law of Buddhism?" and answerer said that when he lived in a forest monastery in Thailand, dead monks & residents ...
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Is there any place for Omens in Buddhism?

An omen is viewed as a sign from the natural world that delivers a message of some sort. Typically this message is seen as an indicator of coming good or evil events. I know this has nothing to do ...
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Is the role of rogyapas in sky burials considered unclean by Tibetan Buddhists?

I just came across a Reddit comment referencing the Human Planet documentary about sky burials, in which there was an implication by the narrator that the rogyapa (body-breaker) performing the ritual ...
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Does Vinaya allow monks to do priestly rituals for the laity?

In some other religions like Hinduism and Catholicism, the role of monks and the role of priests are clearly separated. However, in Buddhism, this is not clearly separated. It is clear what the monks ...
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Budhist monastery rituals

I am not sure if I should ask this on this site and I apologise if I shouldn't. Just let me know and will be out of your hear. :D I am going to go to South East Asia at the end of December and will ...