9781899579334

Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism : An Introduction

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    9781899579334

  • ISBN10:

    1899579338

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Summary

Imagine a world without beauty, myth, celebration or ritual. It seems that to feel fully and vibrantly alive, these experiences are essential to us-helping us to feel in touch with all levels of our being by engaging our emotions, senses and imagination. Devotional ritual also speaks this language of the heart and can bring us closer to our highest ideals, but it can be a confronting aspect of Buddhism for some people in the West. However, for the Buddha's teachings to have a real impact on our lives we need to have a deep feeling for the Buddha's teaching, a clear understanding is not usually enough. Skilfully steering us through the difficulties we may encounter, Sangharakshita leads us through the sevenfold puja, a poetic sequence of devotional moods found in Tibetan and Indian forms of Buddhism. Within this he discusses the use of chanting, offerings, recitation and other activities in creating ritual space and moods. Engaging in this way can help us commit ourselves to the spiritual journey with all our heart. "A useful addition to the canon of Buddhism in the West."- Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface 7(11)
Emotional Energy and Spiritual Aspiration
11(14)
The Psychology of Ritual
25(12)
Origins of the Sevenfold Puja
37(4)
How to Approach the Sevenfold Puja
41(10)
Worship
51(10)
Offerings
61(4)
Salutation
65(8)
Going for Refuge
73(8)
Confession of Faults
81(6)
Rejoicing in Merit
87(8)
Entreaty and Supplication
95(8)
Transference of Merit and Self-Surrender
103(6)
Concluding Mantras
109(8)
Notes and References 117(4)
Index 121

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