Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
Meme: #Ritual. In their first issue of 2018, Adbusters proposes that, after the crash, ritual will fill the void left by 21st century network Capitalism, filling our emptiness with connection and meaning. I heartily agree, but my question is this:
Who gets to do ritual? Why is Buddhist ritual reserved for ordained Lamas and Ngakpas?
from Adbusters, Jan-Feb 2018
Why are we in the West constantly being led to believe that the only genuine form of Buddhist practice is silent meditation? Why are we not told that drumming, dancing, ritual, costume, chanting, poetry, song, and other expressive arts are also important and genuine Buddhist practices?
Why are Buddhist rituals always a secret? Why is it only available to rich people who can afford to pay the cost of obtaining empowerments? Why can’t create our own rituals and dances?
Adbusters Jan-Feb 2018: DIY ritual
What rituals do we need to create for western Buddhism? for ourselves as practitioners?