Some English translations of the Buddha’s teachings list ‘adherence to rites and rituals’ as an attachment one must overcome. This has led some Buddhist to reject all ritual. But the Buddha’s concern was the attachment not the rituals
. Furthermore, the appropriate and literal translation into English is ‘adherence to precepts and religious observance’ – a much broader category than ‘rites and rituals’. As important as precepts and religious observances are in Buddhism, they alone cannot liberate people. To rely on them for liberation is a hindrance to liberation.
But precepts, religious observances and rituals can have an important role for other purposes. Not least of these is preparing the ground for the deep letting go which is what is required for liberation.
Therefore, one of the important functions of Buddhist rituals is to strengthen people’s connection to the Dharma and to the intention, respect, understanding, community, and experiential dimension associated with the Dharma. While feeling a stronger connection to the Dharma can be meaningful in and of itself, it can also fuel a person’s practice when it is challenging to do.
Types of Buddhist Rituals
1.Going for Refuge. This is probably the most significant ritual connecting people to the Dharma. This is the oldest and most common ritual throughout most Buddhist traditions.
2.Offering homage or respect to the Buddha, to Buddhist teachers, teachings, or other important areas of Buddhist life.
3.Making offerings or practicing dana.
4.Confession of faults
6.Calling on spiritual forces for support or protection
7.Blessings, aspirations, and Brahmavihara “prayers.”
8.Dedication of merit
9.Rites of Passage such as weddings and funerals
10.Initiations and ordinationshttp://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/ ... -buddhism/