The Rituals Of Buddhism And Hinduism

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Rituals have been practiced by mankind since the beginning of recorded time. Some rituals are as simple as a morning cup of coffee while others are complex and even bizarre. Even though rituals yield diminutive positive effects on individual health and well-being, rituals continue to be practiced due to an illusion of comfort that is often found in repetition. In the practice of some forms of Psychotherapy, ritual and ceremony are sometimes employed both separately and together for the purpose of stimulating parts of the mind not used in everyday activity (Vega, 1996). Buddhism and Hinduism use ritual to achieve Dharma or enlightenment, in Holistic Medicine, rituals may be exercised to alleviate pain. Rituals, in the context of religion, are interwoven into the belief of God or Gods and are customarily expressed in some form of worship (Houdmann, 2015).

Generally, ritual is rather benign in nature, but when attached to a certain man made code of ethics, such as in Apostolic Christianity or Islam, ritual can be dangerous. Hence, the danger of ritual lies with the emphasis of God’s grace being supplanted by the ideologies of works and duty. Dogma of this nature translates into a form of spiritual slavery where human need is often overlooked for the sake of theology and tradition. Jesus was not opposed to the use of ritual if such custom was intended to cause transformation into the likeness of God. Nevertheless, God cannot be pleased with the misaligned ethics and…

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