Buddhist Meditation Ceremonies Focus Around A Central Idea

1937 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 8 Pages
What would a human life be like if we were actually “here for it”? Buddhist meditation ceremonies focus around this central idea. Living in the present and forgetting the concept of future and past is a key element in Buddhist ritualism that is practiced worldwide. For the past two weeks I have attended such a ceremony to gain insight on religious rituals and their importance as a cultural phenomenon. Through the use of “thick description”, symbolization, and several religious theories I have seemingly dissected Buddhist meditation as to realize the rituals true purpose. I. On two separate occasions, November 3rd and November 10th, I attended a Buddhist meditation ceremony in Amherst college. The ceremony lasted an hour long: beginning at 4:30 and ending at 5:30. The building, named Chapin Hall, was deep in the heart of the college and easily blended into its surroundings. From the outside, it appeared very regal with two giant pillars flanking each side of the doorway. Once inside, the main hall where the ceremony took place was located straight ahead. Oddly minimalistic yet extremely spacious, the inside of the room had high ceilings, comfy wooden chairs, and a giant organ atop the balcony. The space had all the feeling of an intimate Christian church confined within the size of a classroom. Directly at the front of the space was a gigantic wooden cross hanging from the ceiling, indicating that this was in fact a place of Christian worship. The entirety of the room was…
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