lowlydog wrote:Some rituals if practiced as intended can help develope concentration, but concentration will not liberate, one must then direct awareness towards the mind/matter phenomenon for insights to arise. Insight is liberative. One could do 100,000 prosterations with blind faith and be no further along the path. Or one may fully experience one breath and experience total liberation.
Some "rituals" are engineered to allow concentration AND insight to arise. Whether a breath, or a prostration....."rituals" are not merely aids to developing concentration. They're "Scientific," even...to borrow a word you seem to like. Perhaps that which appears "religious" can in fact be "Scientific?" Will you grant that possibility?