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Should we bath after funeral?

Buddhists usually cremate the bodies. But there's no Buddhist funeral law. You may or may not bath before, after or during the funeral if you see any health benefit to it.
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Is there a ritual free form of Buddhism?

Yes. The "original tradition" i.e. of the time of the Buddha himself, did not have a lot of the rituals and customs that are practised today. There was some recitation of the Dhamma and Vinaya, but ...
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How death anniversaries take place by Buddhist rituals?

Sadhu, Nyom. What ever day, is a good day to show respect toward the ancestors, to give Alms to the Sangha to benefit them, to listen to the Dhamma by your self. Don't forget, if it had not been done ...
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Food enchanted by spells (SN 7.8)

See pages 96-97 of Piya Tan's essay: The Saṁyutta Commentary paraphrases the significance of the two verses, thus (as the Buddha’s arrière pensée): Though I have stood for such a long ...
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What is done with offerings after they've been on the altar awhile?

It is also often given as gifts to volunteers or lay members of the temple who can/will use it. It is a gesture of kindness/compassion, as well as giving a blessing to that persons body in the form of ...
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Clinging to rites and rituals It is mis-belief in something miracle and shortcut. It is mis-belief in worshipping the creator or god can bring the worshipper's liberation/salvation. It is something ...
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Should we bath after funeral?

Bath after funeral is proper, if bath make wholesome consciousness arise. But bath after funeral is not proper, if bath make unwholesome consciousness arise.
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Is there any ritual or ceremony for House-Warming?

Generally, we invite Sangha for a meal. After the meal, they chant some blessings. In Sri Lanka, we have overnight Pirith chanting in the new house.
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Sīlabbata-parāmāsa: Attachment to rites and rituals I struggle with this one but I think the key word here is attachment. Coffee, tea, cell phones: at what level is the attachment? Being aware of ...
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How does one do an "eye opening" for a new statue?

In Thailand you can take to the Abbot in a temple. They will do a blessing and open the eye. I have one Buddha I took to the temple In Koh Phangan and the Abbot actually drew on the Buddhas eyes and ...
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Online Funeral vs Actual Funeral (Buddhism)

Funeral rituals do not determine whether a dead person goes to heaven or hell. Instead, their own karma determines their outcome. The following sutta (SN 42.6) explains this. Then Asibandhakaputta ...
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Baby Buddha Bathing

The Buddha himself discouraged focusing on his form and instead recommended to focus on the teachings (Dhamma). Vakkali: “For a long time, venerable sir, I have wanted to come to see the Blessed One, ...
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Baby Buddha Bathing

I think it is a very ignorant thing to do but not particularly offensive to me. #1 Buddha isn't a baby, nor is it a name, thus washing 'baby-buddha' makes no doctrinal sense. As a matter of fact the ...
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Food enchanted by spells (SN 7.8)

Based on ChrisW's answer, the standard commentaries seem to be of the opinion that food offered as remuneration for teaching the Dhamma is not accepted by the Buddhas. They also reject the idea that ...
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Is the role of rogyapas in sky burials considered unclean by Tibetan Buddhists?

Quoting from the Pali texts (not Tibetan literature)... The first thing I notice is in the Mahāparinibbānasutta (DN 16): Then Anuruddha said to Ānanda, “Go, Ānanda, into Kusinārā and inform the ...
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Is there any place for Omens in Buddhism?

Omen reading, astrology, palmistry and other such things are considered "animal arts" and wrong livelihood for monks in DN 2 quoted below. In general, even for laypersons, this would be ...
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Is ritual always a practice, or can it be a belief too?

Is ritual always a practice, or can it be a belief too? Silabbata paramasa is a ritual backed by wrong belife. If a ritual is a repetition outside of what can be justified through direct experience, ...
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Is ritual always a practice, or can it be a belief too?

I get the impression (e.g. from this answer) that a "belief" might (instead) be classified as a "view". The word you're asking about might be sīlabbata -- using a quick search of Google I saw several ...
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Does Vinaya allow monks to do priestly rituals for the laity?

Nothing should be given as a matter of exchange, gain, honor... that is clear. Refuge in Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha ceremony Who else should give refuge? There is nothing wrong with it, but the ...
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Budhist monastery rituals

I believe Singapore can be a good stop to visit many Buddhist Temples from different regions. There are Thai Buddhist Temple Burmese Buddhist Temple Sri Lanka Buddhist temple Buddha Tooth Relic ...
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How prevalent are siddhis in buddhism?

Siddhis only occur in people/minds with an underlying disposition for siddhis. For example, the famous arahant disciple & jhana master Sariputta did not have siddhis. Enemies of the Buddha, such ...
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How prevalent are siddhis in buddhism?

Siddhi - a paranormal power possessed by a siddha – is a true phenomenon. These are certain by-products of the practice itself. But just as gain, respect and fame can become obstacles to liberation, ...
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Rituals can have their useful and beneficial functions, such as reinforcing teachings of morality, Karma, generosity, humility, surrender, etc. They can even be taken as opportunities to exercise ...
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Following is a good writeup on rights and rituals: SILABBATA PARAMASA is generally translated into meaning the adherence to wrongful rites, rituals and ceremonies. Believing that a wrong practice is ...
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What does breaking the fetter 'Clinging to rites and rituals' actually mean?

The coarser or more general context: It's about not being attached to symbolic rites and rituals or taking them to be literally true. For e.g. from SN 7.21: The Buddha said to Sangarava: “Is it ...
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What is done with offerings after they've been on the altar awhile?

This answer is indeed in line with Buddhist's precepts. However, this begs the question of food offerings made to the Taoist gods during special occasions like Hungry Ghost and Chinese New Year. I ...
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