lowlydog wrote:All enlightened teachings have the same core, they are universal, and they are free from ritualistic behaviours. Rites and ritualualistic behaviours can not produce liberative experiencial wisdom.
Just as an FYI, this is the kind of statement that's not going to gain you any respect. And, while I'm at it, you are absolutely wrong about this. Since we're making categorical statements.....
My hypothesis is that the path is universal, any being who attaines liberation must practice morality, mastery of the mind, and posess experiential wisdom. In the theravaden tradition when the stage of sotapanna is reached clinging to rites and rituals is let go of. - Clinging to the view that one becomes pure simply through performing ritual or rigid moralism, such as relying in a god for non-causal deliverance, slaughtering animals for sacrifice, ablutions, etc. is eradicated because the Sotāpanna realizes that the excessive rites and ritual are nothing more than an obstructive tradition; Deliverance can be won only through the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path.
Now I started a thread when I first joined here and asked what is the fundamental difference between the teachings, and no one suggested that rituals were cause for liberation in the mahayana path.
Now understand that when I am talking of ritualistic behaviour I am talking about blind rituals, seated meditation could be seen as a ritual but we know what and why we are doing this(hopefully). If one makes their morning and evening meditation into a blind ritual, did my morning sit for one hour check, did my prosterations check, did my chanting check, burned my incense check, read my scriptures check, we will not make any progess on the path. If we question why am I to do this activity, what is the purpose of this activity , and we practice mindfully then we can make progress on the path. We should not do things without a general understanding of their purpose.