5 years ago I would have said "no". Recorded Dhamma talks, English translations of suttas and a meditation cushion was as good as any temple filled with its archaic statues and monastics with their rites and rituals.
These days I am impressed (enamored) with how clever and wise these monks and nuns are, or often seem to be. Asking questions directly of the Sangha-that-has-practiced-well has resolved a lot of my Wrong View.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.
Sutta Nipāta 3.710