retrofuturist wrote:Greetings bhante,Phra Chuntawongso wrote:While this does fall into the classification of rites and rituals I find myself taking part in some of these things.
In saying that though, I think it's worth making clear what is being meant by "rites and rituals".
In terms of the fetter of "rites and rituals" (sīlabbata-parāmāso) which is to be broken, I believe this relates not to partaking in certain "rites and rituals" but a belief in their efficacy.
Which isn't to say for example that chanting isn't beneficial, if done with a pure mind and such (therefore being wholesome), but there's no belief that the words or tones have some kind of magical potency.
I agree.Unfortunately there probably are those who believe in the efficacy of these things,but as you say these things done with a pure mind can only be viewed as wholesome.
When the Thai people come to the temple for what ever reason,I think they do so with the right intention.
Anyway this is probably heading way off topic,so I will wish those who would like to ordain all the best and all those who do not,or can not I wish them all well on their paths.
It is not about us and them.Artists all have different styles,so do we.