In another thread
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
"Free of rights, rituals, and dogma".Repeat as a mantra 100x daily to be free of rites and rituals.
That is just TOOOOOO funny! Thanks.
I will definitely remember that one.
I think all of the comments on this have been really good,
and very true.
If what we call a 'ritual' has an actual purpose to the person performing it,
then it is not meaningless at all. It becomes a tool.
But if a person feels no connection to such a ritual, has no need for such a tool,
that person can never really be convinced of its usefulness.
My experience has mostly been with Vajrayana Buddhism
which is just overflowing with ritual\and a few of them, i relate to those,
i have been given instructions by my teacher(s) regarding exactly what is going on
even though to an 'outsider' it may appear to be
nonsense for the sake of bullsh#.
At the same time, there are many vajrayana practices that have no meaning to me whatsoever,
that are things I shall never 'believe' , if you want to use that term.
But what comes to mind, for people who are interested in dharma
yet so adverse to ritual and ceremony 9that they oftyen do not understand)
is the question of whether they really
believe that something called 'enlightenment"
is actually possible
or is it just a philosophical possibility,
like something theoretical
that grad students discuss over beer.