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The Psychology of Buddhist Ritual

by Sangharakshita

People often dismiss all ritual as irrational, yet it is universal in traditional Buddhism. The psychoanalyst Eric Fromm's definition, 'shared action, expressive of common strivings, rooted in common values' is analysed to show the value of Buddhist ritual.

Talk given in 1968.

This talk is part of the series Ritual and Devotion in Buddhism.

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1. Being oneself (4:45) 
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2. Thinking for oneself (4:56) 
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3. Attitudes to ritual (2:48) 
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4. Rationalism and psychoanalysis (9:51) 
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5. Misunderstandings of Buddhist ritual (7:07) 
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6. Shared action (5:47) 
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7. What makes a good ritualist? (10:27) 
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8. Expression (8:00) 
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9. Going for Refuge as a ritual (5:18) 
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10. Conclusion (5:12) 


Total running time: 1:04:11

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