7 week study and discussion group
Ritual and Devotion
A study course open to anyone who can practice the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana and who wants to explore Buddhism. You may join at the start of any new module at any point in the year.
Many of us have been conditioned by our cultural background to think of all ritual as somehow irrational. Certainly ritual can become empty and devoid of meaning, but as the psychologist Erich Fromm has pointed out, there is also such a thing as ‘rational ritual’ – ritual that serves a definite purpose, and is an effective way of achieving this purpose. Fromm described such rational ritual as “shared action, expressive of common strivings, rooted in shared values.” This description brings out several important aspects of ritual. Ritual is ‘expressive’ – it is a way of expressing our deepest aspirations and values, and in the process making them more conscious, and strengthening their power to guide our life and actions. Ritual is also often ‘shared’ (although we can engage in ritual on our own, and this can have a highly positive effect.) But when ritual is shared, with a number of people coming together to participate, it takes on another important dimension – it becomes a way to express and strengthen our sense of community with others who have the same goal as ourselves. It becomes a way of creating Sangha, or spiritual community.
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Dates and Times
7 weeks starting Friday, 25th October, 2019
Times: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Prices and Bookings
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