Tisarana is prerequisite to become a Buddhist. However, as far as I am aware Trisarana in Tibetan Buddhism, at least from what I experienced, slightly different from other tradition i.e. was asked to cut a little bit of finger nail and hair, do the ritual and chanting in Tibetan. Does this signify something and if this has connection with early Tibetan Buddhism history i.e. Bon or other animism element? We know finger nail and hair contain DNA, if that makes any sense. Is this how we become the 'chosen one' to be an incarnated spiritual leader? As many people say as a 'shortcut' to the enlightenment?
Some people feel the feeling of closeness to the lama and the feeling of like a family after this Tisarana ceremony. There is a sense of devotion to him while in reality the relationship between student and lama/rinpoche is just say 1 week old.
There is also a feeling of losing interest in worldly activities which I doubt come naturally. From Buddhist point of view particularly Theravada, how do you view this? And if we can 'undo' this? Cause some people don't like being 'bind' and have no choice just because they have given you their date of birth or photo for example. How is this nail and hair thing relevant to Buddhism? It is not hard to hear people say this is a symbol of this and symbol of that. In fact, everything in life is a symbol too. I may not feel like I want to sleep at night but it is also a symbol of endurance for example and a forbidden relationship between a man and a woman is a symbol of their strong commitment from past lives for example. But what is really the real meaning behind that?
I've been wondering around to get some answers. Please if you know anything or would like to share don't be hesitate. Monks or nuns also feel free to comment, more than welcome.
Thanks a lot!